Tuesday, 9 October 2007

'Pea'r Pressure

The 'Try to get Freddie to like peas', mission continues. Thankfully we all love peas in our house. So even though it is out of pea season and the ones I am using are coming out of a frozen bag on a daily basis, we will hopefully not be sick of them by the end of the week.

When I first approached this task with great enthusiasm, the first thing I wondered was, do they need to look like a pea to get Freddie to eat them? As I said yesterday, I think if you are going to love something, you need to be able to approach it in its true form. But anybody who has tried and failed to get their child to eat something, often you need to disguise it. Anything is better than them not actually eating it.

Yesterday's 'Pea'aella had the little green balls staring you in the face saying, 'Come and eat me if you dare!'. This dish is a little more subtle, but there is still no disguising them. It is all in the taste for this filling stew, using up some simple store cupbaord ingredients with ease. Sweet and hot and combined with fruit, it is a little winter warmer with a good measure of exotic spice thrown in. If you can lift a spoonful to your mouth, close your eyes and delve in, you should be more than happy with the taste. The evidence sits in a house somewhere in London. I await the report....

Spicy Pea, Mint and Apricot Stew
Feeds 2

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
2 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tsp cumin seeds
A good pinch of chilli flakes
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tin tomatoes
300ml water
1 tbsp honey
Several handfuls of frozen peas
A good handful of fresh mint, chopped
A handful of dried apricots, chopped
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

1 - In a large pan, heat the oil then add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes until soft and just beginning to colour, then stir in the garlic, spices and potato. Stir for 2 minutes until fragrant.
2 - Add the tomatoes, water, apricots and honey and bring to the boil. Simmer with a lid on for 15 minutes or until the potato is soft.
3 - Add the peas and mint and cook for a few minutes.
4 - Using a hand blender, pulse a little to break up some of the fruit and vegetables. Taste for seasoning. Serve in bowls with a little fresh mint scattered over.


Hannah said...

Have nominated you for an award - pop by to collect it!

KellytheCulinarian said...

Hey, congrats on your award and the dish looks good.

Anonymous said...

This looks good David.
I think sometimes the appearance of something is enough to set someone off - this gets round that problem and once you taste it you realise you like it.
Will link to this

Figs, Bay, Wine said...

What an incredibly warming, delicious recipe. I've never put peas in this sort of dish, and it's absolutely inspired. Another fantastic recipe, David! Freddie's going to love it!

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