French for… green peas a la French! Green peas are a staple of British cuisine. Curiously enough, the French thought they should have their own way of cooking peas and serve them neither steamed nor mushed. This is what they came up with.
Slice 3 green onions and put them in a pot with 3 cups of green peas and a good
chunk of butter + a tbsp olive oil. Add butter lettuce leaves (preferably the smaller leaves from the centre), salt. Cook covered until the peas are tender. The flavor of the peas is enhanced by the lettuce, an amazing combination.
Options: some recipes add a tsp of sugar, I think that’s too British, some add mint, way too British, some add lardons, not British but not my preference as they overwhelm the peas especially if they are fresh. I guess lardons are okay on frozen peas.
Fresh peas have arrived at the Root Cellar on Mackenzie in Victoria, BC