Here's a summer soup from the garden. Peas were late this year...as are most things this season in our part of the world. Over the last week, I got my first harvest of peas and fava beans. (If you think it's crazy that I'm only now harvesting peas and favas...don't hold your breath for the tomatoes!)
Hmm, what to do with the first fresh peas of the season?...They're good just raw in salads, so sweet with a light crunch. This neon-hued fresh pea soup is nice too, brighter and lighter than the regular old split pea variety. Mint is often used in fresh pea soup, and I was thinking of going that route, then I pondered basil...and then tarragon. In the end, I kept it plain and garnished it with chives.
1 lb shelled fresh peas (save the pods for broth or stir fry etc. / See note)
1 large russet potato, peeled and diced
1 large leek, sliced
3-4 cups veggie broth
fresh herbs of choice, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Note: If the peas are fresh and tender (and preferably organic), you can also leave the peas in the shell and just chop up the pods; I'd take the stringy bit along the seam out first though.
Sweat off the leek and potato in a tablespoon of olive oil until they are tender. Add the veggie broth, bring to a simmer, then add the fresh peas and simmer gently for 5 minutes...just until they begin to become tender. Blend in food processor and serve garnished with finely chopped fresh herbs of choice.
Makes roughly 4 servings.
Here's some other fun flora from the garden at the moment:
Hens and chicks in bloom...sort of Seuss-y, they're just cute no matter what they do.
My sis-in-law gave us this Thompson's Flowering Maple at Easter, which is a bit more exotic and interesting than the usual suspects in my garden:
Its leaves look like maple leaves, but it's not related to Maple trees at all. Apparently, this little guy is cultivated from a Brazilian shrub. We're really enjoying the blooms; thanks Linda!
I really like this Picasso Petunia with its lime-green petal tips. I saw it for the first time last summer, so I knew I wanted some in the garden this year.
Marigolds are sort of a plain jane flower, but they add cheer. I love the rich orange and gold of these:
My favorite flowering pot at the moment:
I get most of my flowering annuals at the local garden center. Early in the season, I can usually buy them in sets of 6 starts for 1.50 each, so I go crazy. This pot is the result of one of those splurges.
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. It's sunny and warm here today...I think I hear the lake calling my name!
Rose Tobin Seattle
Roseann Marie LaPonte