I had to go into Truro to have my eyes tested this morning. I went out early and skipped breakfast (tut tut) then arrived in town just in time for my appointment. I went through the usual rigmarole; puffs of air in the eye, a lecture for leaving it too long between appointments and complete indecision when choosing new frames to go with the new prescription. By time I left I was just in time for my bus home.
On the up side that meant no time wasted. On the down side it meant no time for a self indulgent cup of coffee – and I do like my coffee.
All in all, I arrived home at lunch time tired, hungry and a little bit grumpy. I opened the fridge and couldn’t immediately find anything quick and tasty – so I made this. And it was delicious. And quick. And easy. And healthy. In other words a perfect Monday lunch.
I have called it a spread, because I spread it on some crackers, but it could just as easily be a dip with some crudité. And it is so simple it doesn’t really need a recipe – change the flavours to suit whatever you have in the fridge: No crème fraiche? Use natural yoghurt or cream cheese. No mint? Try coriander or parsley. Just make it your own and enjoy it.
I’ve stopped being grumpy now but I might just have a little bit more pea spread – just to make sure…
100g frozen peas
A sprig or two of fresh mint
1 Spring Onion
1 tbsp crème fraiche
Put the peas in a pan, just cover with water and bring to the boil. Simmer for a minute until heated through. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain again.
Blitz the peas with a stick blender until you have a course purée.
Finely slice the spring onion and mint leaves. Add to the peas along with the crème fraiche. Season well.
You can eat this as a dip with vegetable crudité or spread it onto crackers or a chunk of crusty bread.