Sunday, May 26, 2013

In The Garden/ English Peas

 
Aren't these yellow flowers pretty?  They will become the most beautiful yellow crook neck squash.  Slice them up and saute them with a Vidalia onion in a little light olive oil, and you have a wonderful meal.  (What, you don't know what a Vidalia onion is? Why it is just the sweetest onion on Earth, that's all!) Vidalia onions are also good in a pea salad.   What, you don't make pea salad? Well, you should!
 
PEA  SALAD:
 
1 can of sweet peas (I've always called them English peas)
Mayonnaise
minced or grated onion (a little goes a long way, I don't use much)
 
Oh, I am such a gourmet!  Drain the peas, mix enough mayonnaise to bind it together and mix in the onion.  Chill in fridge until ready to serve.  This is easy but very good.  I even saw Emeril (a chef who owns restaurants and writes cookbooks) make this on a TV show once!  
 
My Dad says that he has never been able to get English peas to "make".  They must need cool weather and a lot of rain (makes sense why they are called English peas!)  Luckily, we have had somewhat of a cool Spring with a lot of rain, so he tried them this year.  They did quite well!
Most of the plants on the right are POTATOES!  Aren't they beautiful?  They are not quite ready yet but the English peas are!  After I took this photo, I walked with my Dad down that row and together  we picked a good "mess" of peas. 
 
 
Yay! Daddy was able to dig up some potatoes for us.  You knew he would, right? If you have never seen potatoes in the ground, make sure that you do, it is like finding buried treasure.
Hope everyone in the USA has a safe and happy Memorial Day Holiday.  My greatest respect for all who have served.  I have another book to tell you about from World War II but it will have to wait for another post!
 

32 comments:

  1. I love making that pea salad - so good and I love the onions this time of year! sandie

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    1. I love that easy recipe. I only do easy!!
      We love our Vidalias, don't we?

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  2. Well, I guess that's the difference between Georgia and Alberta. You're already harvesting some vegetables and we're just planting our gardens up here, now that the risk of frost is (probably) ended for the season.

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    1. I hope your frosts are over for this year and you will be able to see a growing vegetable garden soon!

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  3. Never tried pea salad but it sounds like something I'd enjoy. I must ask my Dad if he has peas on the allotment this year. With the kind of prolonged, chilly and rainy winter and spring we've had this year, I am sure the English peas would be thriving over here!
    Love the yellow flowers (you knew I would!) and imagine the squash sauteed in olive oil to be very delicious.

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    1. Let me know if you ever make pea salad!
      You would love that yellow squash with the sweet Vidalia onion, it is so good. :-)

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  4. I don't really like peas, but I do like mayo! Maybe if I try to make this, I will learn to like peas! I love potatoes though :D

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    1. You might like the peas mixed with the mayo with just a bit of grated onion with it, it's really yummy!

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  5. English peas or "sweet peas" as some say are so good! They always remind me of my father, because he loved them mixed into his spaghetti with meat sauce.

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    1. Peas mixed in with spaghetti, sounds good!

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  6. I love squash with onion,and Pea Salad. I was born only 10 miles from Vidalia,Ga. where they come from.
    Have a great Memorial Day!

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    1. I don't have to tell YOU how great the Vidalia onion is!!
      Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day too. xx

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  7. That is quite a sizable garden. How nice it must be to have some fresh peas. I love them but usually only have the frozen variety. I'll have to try the pea salad. It's sound simple and easy and I like that kind of thing. I recently got a bag of vidalia onions that were on sale at the store. I had macaroni salad and potato salad to make for this weekends festivities. I always put onion in both. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day

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    1. My Dad is so happy in his garden. We usually have frozen peas too. This row of English peas in my Dad's garden are the first ones of have ever seen!!
      Hope you enjoy your Vidalias!

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  8. Oh, I LOVE pea salads--just as long as they do not have any peas in them!

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    1. Come on, Jerry, all I am saying is give peas a chance!

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  9. We love pea salad at our house. I like the simplicity of your recipe. I always add hard boiled egg, pickles and cheese to mine. The photos of the vegetables are lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Connie!
      That sounds good, but it would seem more like an egg salad, would it not?
      (Oh, and in England, when they have egg salad, they have a hard boiled egg with lettuce and tomato...egg mayonnaise is what they call egg salad!!)

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    2. LOL!! I've never had egg salad. Unless, that is, I've had egg salad with peas in it!! ;-)

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  10. I can't believe you're harvesting veg already! My sugar snap peas are barely 6 inches tall yet. I'll have to try that salad though I might use spring onions. I did a side dish recently which was just peas, mint and olive oil - yummy!

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    1. Oh, I love mint! My mother-in-law in England makes the BEST mint sauce to go with lamb...I love that mint sauce over mashed potatoes, it's the best!

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  11. I haven't even planted a veggie yet..we had freeze and frost last week! But soon I'll get them into the ground. Your harvest looks amazing already! I'm not fond of canned peas, but love fresh or frozen. Have a good week!

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    1. For some reason, the canned peas are better in pea salad, don't ask me why.
      We have frozen peas usually.
      Hope you have a great week!!

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  12. I have those same gorgeous massive blooms but mine are zucchini. I can't wait!!! Soph's already asking every day, "when can I have some zucchini bread?". Ha! Potatoes are truly one of my favorite things to grow ~ you never quite know what you're going to get when you pull up the stalk. It's kind of exciting! Hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend, Kay!!!

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    1. Oh, I am with Sophie, "When can we have some of that zucchini bread?"!!!
      Loving those potatoes, Daddy's are so in the ground that he often has to use a shovel, that hard Georgia clay, don't you know.
      Hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend with your family!

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  13. The garden is fabulous! I love fresh veggies.

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    1. Thanks, Terry! Fresh from the garden is the best. xx

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  14. Hi Kay

    As a man who knows his spuds - and his onions! - I can say without fear of contradiction that those are good 'uns.

    Just a suggestion: how about putting C's new song on here?

    Kind Regards to you all

    H

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    1. Hey Henry!
      If anybody knows good veggies, that would be YOU!
      I would love to have C's new song on here.
      Now, if only I knew how to do that! I do my blog the same way I do all the things in my life, just flying by the seat of my pants.
      Maybe I will be able to one day with C's help.

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  15. I must try that pea recipe. Sounds good with a salad.

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    1. Please let me know if you make that pea salad!
      Or should I say PEAS let me know!

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