Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The Freshest Pea and Mint Soup Ever

I'm struggling to keep up with our garden's production of vegetables this year. We did plan to sew seeds in succession but I suspect we forgot to tell the seeds. This morning we tried to ignore the rows of fattening French beans and the perfectly formed mange tout. Instead, Mr A harvested the last of the peas.


Some of them had gone over but here are the very last ones for 2013.


Next I searched the Internet and found a recipe for Pea and Mint Soup. You have to simmer spring onions (from the garden), cubed potatoes and garlic in vegetable stock for 15 minutes. You then add the peas and simmer for five minutes. Add chopped fresh mint (again from the garden), a squeeze or two of fresh lemon, a sprinkle of sugar and season to taste. 


At this point I have to admit, it didn't look too appetising but...


...a quick wizz it in the food processor and...

*roll of drums*

Two bowls of soup! Healthy, tasty and undeniably fresh. Most of it was still growing a few hours ago! 

Our conservatory table set for Mr A and his loving wife (that's me!) to enjoy the fruits of our labour




16 comments:

  1. Whaoh - bits of Mr A!!! Looks yummy....isn't it nice when you eat your own garden produce...save money and you know there's no air miles or chemicals.

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  2. I don't like pea soup because as a child, we had the dried pea kind, yellow and not good, every Thursday with oven baked pancakes. Now the pancakes were delicious, but the soup turned me off peas. However, yours, fresh and green from the garden looks just fabulous.

    What is mange tout? Never heard of it before.

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  3. Lovely, I'm forwarding this to my number one daughter who has an allotment in Cornwall.

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  4. Looks incredibly yummy. Mandy (dtr) was telling me only yesterday about Jamie the chef mashing peas and mint into potatoes - that sounds good too.

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  5. *puts head in hands*. When I grow up maybe I'll learn to cook. I can open a tin ...

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  6. It looks indescribably yummy, Ros. How I'd love to grow my own veggies as I did yonks ago. I used to make nice stuff then, but I barely cook anything anymore. Thank goodness for a Mr K!

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  7. I LOVE home made soup, and there is nothing better than the ingredients coming from you own garden. I am VERY envious, and i really need to think about growing something in my own garden. Although, it would have to be something quite contained and easy to manage.

    What do you recommend Ros?

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  8. Oooh! Clever clogs. Growing and cooking your own produce how lovely. I wish I lived nearby I'd pinch some of your mange tout.

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  9. That actually sounds SO good!! Thank you for sharing!

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  10. sounds quite tasty. Set an extra placemat for me ( in Texas) and my father (in PA). We would love to join you for lunch.

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  11. Rosalind, I bet it tastes wonderful and I do like pea soup and with mint added it would be really good!

    So nice to have a garden, we have on too :)

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  12. Oh, that sounds wonderful. How I wish I'd planted peas... and green beans... this year. They've been so expensive in the store, and nothing beats fresh from the garden. (We DO have lots of mint, though. And a bazillion tomatoes.)

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  13. Those bowls of soup look tasty, and all the better for having grown the ingredients in your own garden. Is there room for another little one at that table? Rx

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  14. Hi Ros .. oh how I miss fresh veg straight from the garden - what a wonderful looking soup. I love summer soups ... they just are so delicious and so right for a summer's day ..

    I'd join Rena's thought too .. room for a 4th! Cheers Hilary

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