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What to do when a pea shoots July 24, 2008

Posted by live2cook in Green Garden, Sprouts! Sprouts!.
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“Pea Shoots”.

When I first heard this phrase, it sounded funny to me. “Uh! Oh! This pea shoots! Bad Boy!” is what I thought. 🙂

But, When I ventured on some Indoor winter gardening with some sprouted green peas, I came to know the real meaning of “Pea Shoots”. Whether it was the cute and erect tendrils that grew from the seeds or the bunch of tiny plants that stood like warriors or the potent taste that it hid in itself to hit our palettes, I agree that the pea does shoot…with its taste, texture and nutrients.

You know? I am very greedy, When I understood the game plan of the pea’s shooting, I wanted to grab them all, the taste,texture and nutrients. Not just from the shoots but from the seeds too. That’s why I planned to play a conspiracy against the pea that shoots.

Yup! If you know a pea can shoot, Trap it in a Jar!!! 🙂

Method for trapping it:

Soak 2 -3 tablespoons of dried green peas in a glass jar. Change the soaking water once or twice and let soak for at least 12 hours. Drain the water completely and move the jar to a dark place. Fill the jar once or twice with water, give it a swirl and drain the water completely. This will keep the peas moist. After a day or two, the peas will sprout.

Peas soaked in water

Peas soaked in water

Wash them once in a while and tilt the jar over a plate or bowl to drain the excess water. Maintain the jar in a dark place. After 3-4 days, the sprouts will grow an inch longer.

Pea sprouts after 3 days

Pea sprouts after 3 days

Move the jar near a bright window. To keep the pea sprouts from drying out, follow the washing process twice a day. After 3 days, tiny leaves will appear in the sprouts.

Peas moved near a bright window

Peas moved near a bright window

Keep the jar near the bright window until the leaves develop the chlorophyll and turn green.

Ohh! Its really hot in here!

Ooh! Its really hot in here!

A closer look!

Wow! there is beautiful life out there!

Wow! there is beautiful life out there!

Look! the peas are shooting!

Hey! Let me out! Let me out!

Hey! Let me out! Let me out!

We can keep these sprouts up to a week or more in refrigerator, if we wash them at least once daily. Though we can steam or boil them, either eating fresh or a simple stir fry will retain most of the nutrients. If you are boiling them in water, use the water in soups or curries. I made a simple peas stir fry with onion, tomatoes and some spices. It made a simple side dish for Roti, but rich in nutrients and fiber for sure.

Pea shoots stir fry

Pea shoots stir fry

This is my entry for Andrea’s Grow your own” event hosted by the great gardeners Jai and Bee of Jugalbandhi.

Mango salsa and a pasta salad July 13, 2008

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I came from a country where “Cricket” is the game of craze. I landed in “Red sox Nation” with no clue about Baseball. My DH watches all the ball games with high devotion. Initially, he used to explain to me about the rules of the game. To watch the game with such craze, he thought I should know the players by name. So, during the game telecast he used to point out the players give their names. I was learning slowly. Once in a while he used to ask the name of the player who was either pitching or hitting. I perfectly named Jason Veritek for Tim Wakefield, Manny for Pedro and was giving tough time to my husband.

To put the fans in ecstasy, “Red sox” won the world series after 86 years and changed the history. There was celebrations everywhere and it was a talk in all the TV channels. My husband was watching one of the news channels where they were showing the winning shots. I was sitting in the living room browsing internet. I just lifted my head and looked at the TV and they were showing a player. My husband asked me the name of the player and I replied “Big Papi”. He was so happy that I finally named one correctly. He couldn’t believe the fact that I could recognize “Big Papi” and asked how I could recall Big Papi.. I answered,” well! there was a show in which they said he makes awesome Mango Salsa!!!”. 🙂

I loved this simple recipe with refreshing ingredients. I made different versions of mango salsa but loved Elise’s recipe the most and drooled over the photo in her website. I prepared her recipe this week. I used exactly the same recipe with fewer additions.

My additions to the recipe:

1/2 cup Horse gram sprouts (I chopped it a little bit)
1/2 cup chopped Green Bell Pepper
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/4 tsp sugar

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

I served this as a side dish with a tortilla sandwich. I had some leftover mango salsa. I tossed some boiled pasta and carrots. The mango salsa turned into a refreshing pasta salad with no fancy salad dressing!

Pasta Salad with Mango Salsa

Pasta Salad with Mango Salsa

This is my entry for the “Monthly Mingle – Mango Mania” event hosted by Meeta of What’s For Lunch Honey?.