Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stir-Fried Sweet Peas and Pea Tendrils (serves 2)

Stir-Fried Sweet Peas and Pea Tendrils
When my husband and I purchased our home we immediately bought a grill with a side burner. By now you must realize that eating is a priority for me. I would rather sit on the floor with a spread of delicious food than sit on expensive beautiful furniture with nothing good to eat! I was thinking ahead--being proactive you may say. My intention was to have an outdoor cooking facility in case we lose electricity (in the house) or when I want to cook smelly or greasy food. My husband suggests that I cook outside due to the heat and humidity we are having this week. Great idea Paul! By noon it has already reached over 80 degrees Fahrenheit and the temperature is still on the rise (in Seacoast New Hampshire). After eating lots of meat lately it's time to make a vegetarian meal. I love both sweet peas and pea tendrils so why not combine them in a dish? You can grow your own peas and pick the young shoots (tendrils) or look for them at an Asian market or at a farmer's market. Remember to remove the tough strings on your fresh sweet peas. Check out my previous post on this. How to Remove the Tough Strings on Fresh Whole Beans or Peas.

Here is something light and tasty. Feel free to adjust the seasoning according to your taste. If you find that this does not have enough salty taste then you may want to add a pinch or two of salt.

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Stir-Fried Sweet Peas and Pea Tendrils (serves 2)


2 Tbsp oil oil
2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
10 oz sweet peas, removed the tough strings, washed well
12 oz pea tendrils, washed well
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil


1) Heat a large pan over medium high heat. Add oil.
2) Add garlic and fry for about 30 seconds.
3) Add sweet peas. Saute about 2 minutes.
4) Add half of the pea tendrils at a time. Once that batch has wilted somewhat add the rest of the tendrils.
5) Cook about 5 minutes or until the tendrils are wilted. Season with soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Give everything a good stir and turn off heat.

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