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Nigella's Upmarket Mushy Peas

Monday, 9 October 2017
Hello Dear Reader,

I like to think that our adult children will eat just about anything, they were certainly bought up to eat a wide variety of foods. But our son detests the humble green pea. I don't know where this loathing came from and I feel it is unwarranted, okra maybe, but sweet baby peas? What's not to love?  Sweet, soft, perfectly cooked, green peas, I don't understand his dislike of such a delightful veg.

So, I had a little over half a packet of baby peas left from this recipe, and as I was looking for a green veg to go with the BBQ last night, I decided to make these gorgeous upmarket mushy peas. I have made it many times before, but a long time ago, in fact it has been about 10 years or more since I last made it. What was I thinking to leave it that long?

As I have told you before, I love Nigella, simply love her. She is beautifully elegant, loves food with a passion and can really, really cook. I have all her cook books and will be asking for her new one for Christmas this year. This little recipe is from her "How to Eat" cookbook from way back in 1998. When I first saw her series "Nigella Bites" I was instantly in love with this lovely lady. I had never seen such a passionate cook and eater in all my life, there had never been anyone like her before on TV, and so begun my fascination with the lovely Nigella.

I have fiddled with the original recipe, substituting sour cream for creme fraiche, as that is what I had in the house at the time.

Ingredients for Upmarket Mushy Peas, clockwise from top left-
350 grams frozen baby peas, salt and pepper to taste, 3 tablespoons sour cream, 1 clove of garlic, peeled but left whole and 3 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese

Cook peas in the usual way, drain well. Now add the sour cream, parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper

Either blitz in a food processor or use a stab blender to process to the consistency of "Mushy Peas" 

Utterly delightful, and guess what, our son ate them with gusto!

So tell me, Dear Reader, is there a vegetable that is banned in your home? 

Have a lovely day


  1. I am a huge Nigella Lawson fan too! I love that she unashamedly loves food! Her recipes are usually no fuss, and delicious. I've never made mushy peas, I was thinking of making home made meat pies this week before the weather warms up too much, maybe I will serve them with mushy peas and mashed potatoes 😁

  2. Mushy peas look very tasty with the garlic and parmesan. Another Nigella fan here. I also find her very calming to watch in the kitchen. She has a fantastic Madeira cake recipe too.

  3. I can't get anyone else in the family to eat chicory but I love it!