Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Peas on Earth

Fresh Snow Peas ~ 1 lb

Today I picked over one pound of fresh crisp snow peas from my garden. Even with my homemade twine trellis for the snow peas to climb, the heavy pea pods were making the tall plants fall over. I picked the peas that were ready and then spent some time securing the plants to the trellis with some of that stretchy green garden tape. I need to make sure I don't wait so long to pick more snow peas. I know that I need to pick them every few days to keep the peas producing more edible crunchy pods.

I like them raw, cold and crisp in salads or just directly out of the refrigerator as a snack. I also enjoy eating them in one of my quick stir fry dinners as I did tonight. See the photo below.

Dinner Stir Fry with Fresh Snow Peas

What are your favorite ways to eat snow peas? Any good snow pea recipes you'd like to share with me?

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Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh, those look so good! Mine aren't quite ready yet. Your stir fry looks divine...I *love* potstickers! My favorite snow pea recipe? You'll be bored...my entire family loves them fresh and raw!

Hardware Bob said...

Looks yummy as always. Soon maybe I'll be having my own peas.

Farmer Jen said...

Hi Danni,
Good to hear from you! I know you have been very busy lately with all of your animal adventures. Thank you for the compliments on my snow peas and stir fry. They are very tasty and crunchy. I really like the potstickers too. They add a satisfying element to the dish.

Hi Bob,
Thank you too for the compliment on my cooking. I appreciate it.

Umm...you won't be getting any snow peas growing in your garden this year unless you plant some first. I think you are remembering the green beans that we planted and confusing them with peas. Both are legumes, but still quite different crops. Did you really want to plant peas? Might need to waituntil next spring Babe.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Ha, ha, ha...that's the cutest response comment I've ever seen!!
So, HW Bob, do tell...did you secretly plant peas when jen wasn't looking or will you soon be having beans instead? :-)

CaliforniaGrammy said...

This is not a recipe I've tried but when I Googled "Snow Pea Recipes" this one came up and it really looks good. I think I'll try it when we get to our summer place where the snow peas are just about ready to pick! http://whatdidyoueat.typepad.com/what_did_you_eat/2007/01/baby_snow_peas_.html

Farmer Jen said...

Hi Danni,
I am sure Bob will give us a reply comment, and I think next spring I need to make sure he gets to plant some peas. Or was that soybeans?

Hi CA Grammy,
Thank you for the recipe search. The link you posted broke, but I think I found it HERE

Hardware Bob said...

Ok, so my newbie gardening experience and skills are showing though a little.

My snow peas are of course now beans, and no Danni, I did not sneak in an unauthorized snow pea plant.

I am glad Jen and my garden bantering entertains everyone. Admittedly, Jen did handle my mistake gracefully without making me feel any more of a newbie. Yeah, I guess I have to plant them first, ha.

The leafy stuff is all green to me, and I am actually having fun raising my veggie babies.

Now to tell the difference between one green plant and the other, maybe next growing season when Jen gives me lesson 2.

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Aw Bob, it's all good - at least you're enjoying gardening! This is my first year ever growing radishes and potatoes, so we're newbies together. I actually harvested my first seven (!) snow peas last night and I thought of you. They were delicious!

Jen, please let us know what all will be included in your Lesson 2. Will it, indeed, include helpful tips on green plant identification as Bob hopes? :-)

Farmer Jen said...

Danni & Bob,
You two crack me up! Bob has had many gardening "lessons" and has more experience and gardening talent than he lets on. I have no idea what "Lesson 2" will be as I have no lessons planned. I just do my garden thing and tell the guys about it as I go along.

Each Spring I make sure that both Bob and Jack receive my extra tomato, pepper and herb seedlings to plant in their gardens and pots. Bob has more garden space than Jack, so I also bring over some bean and squash seeds to have him plant directly in the soil. He just enjoys planting and growing the veggies and obviously doesn't pay that much attention to what exactly we planted. I think it may be more fun that way actually. He has fun being surprised when his "pea" plants produce beautiful green beans in the middle of summer!

He did manage to grow a field pumpkin one year when we didn't plant any pumpkin seeds. Made a nice Halloween jack-o-lantern. I think he has an enchanted garden...

Farmer Jen said...

Hi Danni,
I forgot to congratulate you on harvesting the first of your snow pea crop! That's great. I am so glad they were delicious. I love crunchy fresh snow peas. I am so enjoying sharing our gardening experiences together even though we are miles apart physically. I really appreciate your friendship.

Lulu Barbarian said...

That stir-fry looks great! What are the white things that look kind of like potstickers?

Farmer Jen said...

Hi Lulu,
Thank you for the compliment on my stir fry, and for visiting my blog. Those white things are chicken potstickers.

Lulu Barbarian said...

Always looking for new venues to display my talent for missing the obvious! :-)