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I eat my peas with honey,
I've done it all my life,
It makes my peas taste funny,
But it keeps them on my knife!

When my siblings were small, Mother relied more heavily on pureed veggies rather than expensive Jr. baby food.  Also she had digestive problems and puree was better for her, too.  Some come frozen or are easy to prepare, like squash, potatoes, yams, some fruits... others are delicious but overlooked.  Baby or young peas are sweeter for picky tastes; older cheaper ones are a lot better in this dish than eaten plain.  And forget the honey!



Puree of Pea

1 Tbsp. butter or non-hydrogenated margarine
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
1/4 C. chicken broth
1 lb. pkg. of frozen peas
salt to taste
black pepper or paprika (optional)

Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and sauté until soft, stirring occasionally.  While onion cooks, mash and peel garlic cloves.

Add garlic and sesame seeds, stirring and sautéing for a few moments; don't let garlic brown.  Add chicken broth.

Rinse peas under warm water, and add to onion-broth mixture.  Bring rapidly to a boil, then cover and turn to medium-low until peas are just tender but still bright green.  Chicken broth should be almost completely reduced.

Add a little salt and using a blender or food processor, puree until smooth.  Taste for salt and correct.  Garnish with a sprinkle of black pepper or paprika if desired, and/or a tiny dab of butter.


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