- Recipe(s): Cheesy peas (page 324) & Buttered peas with crunchy bacon (page 320)
- Prep: Easy & Easy
- Taste: Good & Good
Peas are such a versatile vegetable. They can be cooked many different ways, from boiling to frying, they can be served on their own or as an ingredient in a larger dish and they are always super easy to prep. If you buy frozen peas you really only have to heat them up and if you shell them yourself you only have to cook them slightly to soften the insides. They are actually one of my favourite vegetables. I was happy to see 4 recipes in, ‘Cook with Jamie…’ that were dedicated to the pea.
This blog will cover off two of those recipes, with the other two covered in previous blogs.
We made this recipe back on March 23, 2014. It was one of the easiest recipes I have ever made. The prep is insanely easy and super quick. We used frozen peas, so all we had to do was remove the peas from the freezer, add 4 handfuls to a pot of water, boil until they’re tender, drain them, put them back in the pot, add parmesan and butter, crack some pepper over the top and serve. All in all it took approximately 10 minutes to complete the entire dish!
The dish is definitely good. It didn’t quite make it to an excellent rating as there wasn’t anything extra special about it. Yes, it had parmesan cheese and butter, but that was really it. The squeeze of lemon over the top at the end definitely helped bring some additional flavour but wasn’t enough to elevate it up a level. We would make it again though due to the fact that it was easy and good.
This recipe contains bacon, which, we all know, makes everything better. I mentioned earlier that peas are one of my favourite vegetables, so adding bacon to them seems like a winning combination right? Well, this recipe certainly didn’t disappoint. We made it on April 15, 2014 and, like the Cheesy Pea recipe, this one is also super easy to prep. Some may argue that there’s an added step of frying bacon but really, who doesn’t like to fry bacon? It smells so good when you’re cooking it that you forget it’s part of the prep!
Anyway…you will notice that we rated the finished dish as good. You may ask, ‘if you like peas and bacon so much why isn’t it excellent,’ which is a completely valid question. The reason it’s not excellent is because there was nothing in the dish that took it to the next level or surprised us. I think that because my partner’s Mom often makes a variation of this dish, and I like bacon so much, that we held this version to a higher standard. If I’d never had anything like this before I probably would have rated it excellent. I would definitely make it again and will continue to make it again, possibly with a few variations in the future.