Jan 10

Cheap Food We Love: Frozen Peas

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Somehow we ended up discussing this in the pub last night and so I have been spurred into an uncharacteristically coherent posting.

Frozen peas are one of the most important foods of the modern age. No, listen, right; they’re technically a pulse so they contain protein and also they are green so they contain vitamins, maybe even some fibre. They’re good to eat AND good to put on your ankle after hilarious sports-related injuries at school. They are, in many ways, the ultimate super food and most importantly, they’re about 74p a bag.

Not only are frozen peas a cheap and easy answer to, say, ‘this lazy curry I’ve made looks a bit dull, what can I put in it that isn’t red?’ Or ‘am I going to feel guilty if I just eat fish and chips?’ Or ‘what can I eat this massive pat of butter with?’ They’re also ALWAYS THERE. If you’ve been living somewhere more than two weeks you can guarantee a bag of frozen peas will have developed, like frost-crust, down the back of your freezer. In this sense, they are the cheapest of all foods insofar as consciously buying them appears to be totally unnecessary.

Frozen peas can validate any meal. Eating rice and Marmite, you carb-loving saltlick? Stick some frozen peas in and it’s HEALTHY. Strangely tempted by that jar of mint sauce that’s been sitting at the back of the fridge for awhile? Lavish it onto your frozen peas and it’s GOURMET. All you’ve got left in the cupboard is a can of Lidl spaghetti hoops? Insert frozen peas and one of those plastic-wrap cheese slices and it’s sort of like a LASAGNE.

Hrmm well possibly no it’s not but the point is that before the insertion of frozen peas, a lot of cheap, cheap food can be the sort of ‘JUNK FOOD DIET SHOCK HORROR’ that the Daily Mail would love but as soon as you’ve added the good, honest pea then these things become simple, wholesome* meals made by people just trying to scrape by, rather than too lazy/drunk go to the supermarket. Although actually the top frozen pea recipe is thus:

Handful of frozen peas

Put frozen pea in mouth, suck it until it melts, enjoy its sweet and crunchy flavour.


*Ok, not the Lidl spaghetti hoops. Never the Lidl spaghetti hoops. You can get the peas stuck in the hoops, though, making ALIEN PLANETS which are clearly far better than being wholesome.


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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 18 Jan 2010 #

    we have a friend who is a fisherman in the seychelles — he visited us once for the winter, back when i shared my flat with not-then-doctrah b3cky (she met him while staying with a college friend of hers who lives and teaches there)

    he was an excellent cook — esp. of all types of fish — but peas he had never encountered: he liked them, but could never remember their name, and thus always referred to them, AS NOW WILL YOU, as “those small green b4lls”

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    Pete on 18 Jan 2010 #

    Hazel the proper name of your pea recipe at the end is Pea Solero Shots (THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE SOLERO SHOTS KNOWN TO MANKIND).

    Really tasty tapas salad. 50% green lentils cooked. 50% frozen peas cooked. wasted in cold tap water to cool down and then the juice of one lime and the salt of one salt. Om nom nom.

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 18 Jan 2010 #

    SMALL GREEN BALL Solero Shots

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    thefatgit on 18 Jan 2010 #

    The Best Pea Puree:

    2 cups of frozen peas
    half cup of fresh veg/chicken stock
    1 good fistful of fresh mint
    juice and zest of half a lime
    salt + pepper to taste

    Bung all the above in a blender and blitz for 20 seconds.

    Artfully adorn your plate with puree alongside scallops or salted cod or lamb chops or fish cakes or chicken goujons etc. etc.

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    koganbot on 18 Jan 2010 #

    Also, if recipe calls for BEANAGE and one is worried that this will result in fartage, peas make an excellent substitute.

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    Bec on 19 Jan 2010 #

    Oh frozen peas! Also good for teething babbies – a snack AND a soothing gum freeze.

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    weej on 19 Jan 2010 #

    Here in China pea is one of the most popular ice cream flavours. Can’t find decent frozen peas though, just nasty dried ones.

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    TF on 21 Jan 2010 #

    Your points happen to be repeated in this quatrain, which was written a long while ago by four people taking a line each:

    The demand for peas is inelastic
    That’s why they are pea-tastic
    When we eat them they’re desolved something drastic
    By the juices in my stomach, which are gastric

    (In fact Tom provided the last two lines, having dismissed the initial contender for penultimate place, “The four we read about are fantastic”, on grounds of topic deviation.)

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