How To Cook Fresh Garden Peas

May 13, 2016
I just love fresh veggies, especially when they are served straight from the garden to the 

table and that is what we were treated to this last week when I picked our first crop of 

Garden peas.

Cooking fresh peas, is well easy peasy.

The true key is not to over cook them.

I grew up on fresh garden peas and I have many, many sweet memories of shelling them 

under the Ash Tree in our backyard with my Mom and Grandma.

Mom would often times give me a little gentle scolding, if you can call it that, for eating too 

many of them while I was shelling them!

You know fresh garden peas are truly the tastiest straight from the shell.

We would gather our frayed blue and white webbed lawn chairs around in a circle and 

many times we drank a good old fashioned coke-cola while we chatted, shelled and 

sometimes swatted pesky flies.

Grandma always wore floral dresses that were mid-calf, thick stockings and dark black 


Sometimes I forget that, but I didn't this year when I was picking and shelling my garden 


I am discovering all sorts of things about myself while I garden and one of them is that

I feel like I am turning back time.

Now, how about that...maybe I have found the fountain of youth!

Leaving you on this fine Friday with a little Wit and Wisdom!

If a girl finds nine peas in a pod, the next bachelor she meets will become her husband!



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  1. Your garden looks like it's thriving! I guess the Texas climate agrees with them.

    I'm not sure I'd have the patience to shell peas, but I think if I were doing it with someone that would make the experience far more pleasant and the stuff memories, like yours, are made of.


  2. My mom never grew vegetables, but I do remember shelling store bought ones! Looking back, I think it was her sneaky way of getting us kids to eat more veggies... Now I feel a little sad that I never did this with my own kids.

  3. I loved shelling peas with my Mamaw, Jemma. And I love how your posts are taking me back to that happy time. Peas are probably my favorite green veggie- if they are cooked correctly. Like you said- tender crisp! Hope you have a great weekend! X, T.

  4. Jemma, I just had peas last night, and you're right, the trick is not overcooking them. :) Just look at that garden of yours, it's wonderful! I loved hearing about your childhood shelling the garden peas with your mom and grandma. I can just see you nibbling on a few of them along the way. Your aqua shoes are delightful. It's so nice that you have fresh garden peas to cook for dinner.

    A happy weekend to you, Jemma. My birthday is on Sunday, yaaay.

    love, ~Sheri

  5. It's been decades since I've eaten peas straight from the garden but it's a wonderful food memory. Just butter, salt and pepper were all that was needed. Delish! I do use butter lettuce to cook frozen tiny peas with and it's not bad but can't compare to your dish of just picked peas.

    My grandmother dressed just like yours!

  6. Oh yes, I remember my grandparents big garden and shelling peas with them. Such simple memories that are so rich and help ground us through our lives.

  7. I love this post - it takes me back to a simpler time. Growing up in the city, this is not a memory I have, but I can live vicariously through you. My peas have just started to come up in the garden...and the critters have dug a bunch out that I will need to replant. Your garden looks great - I hope you will share more photos!

  8. I have never made homemade peas. I'm the canned variety gal, unfortunately. I need to do this one of these days!

  9. Good morning Jemma!

    I have never, ever eaten fresh garden peas. I have only HAD TO eat them from the can as a child, and maybe only twice, as part of a school lunch. I have to admit that I hated them, but Ruben assures me that the garden variety are fabulous, and I trust him and YOU! I just don't have an opportunity to eat them let alone shell them....but I love the sentiment here, to gather and prepare food EN FAMILLE as we say in French. Any food is always better prepared with family, with a pinch of love.

  10. Delightful post. I share those memories too, helping my mom and grands shell peas. At the time I thought it was terrible, now looking back it was quality time. I still love to cook and serve peas to my family but I don't shell them, I buy them already shelled. Love your pretty garden pics Jemma. Happy Saturday……..

  11. Lovely post that made me feel nostalgic. My grandmother lived in Miami, FL & would go pick fresh peas ( & other things) in the u-pick fields there. She shelled mountains of them & occasionally I would help, although I was very young. I remember there were so many varieties & they were so yummy.

  12. You have discovered the fountain of youth! I also eat veggies right from the garden and normally I was slightly scolded as well as a kid.... when they caught me. LOL
    You're garden looks amazing!

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  13. Beautiful garden Jemma. Your green thumb is showing. My grandma wore long dresses and her hair in a bun. There is something special about picking garden fresh veggies. Enjoy! xo

  14. Love this post...when we used to go see Bruce's grandmother, we'd sit on the front porch and shell purple hull peas. How fun to sit and talk while shelling. Someday I hope to have grandchildren who'll shell peas with me!

  15. I loved this post Jemma! Reminds me of my grandfather's garden!! Thank you for joining Sunday's at Home!! xo

  16. I can also remember spending happy times with my dear mum and Gran shelling peas.
    What a lovely post Jemma, thank you.

    All the best Jan

  17. I loved pitting cherries with my grandparents. I love peas now as an adult. As a kid not so much.

  18. I loved pitting cherries with my grandparents. I love peas now as an adult. As a kid not so much.

  19. I love fresh garden peas, but I didn't get any in this year.Mom use to make creamed peas and potatoes. They were delicious!

  20. Hello Jemma,
    Thete is nothing like garden fresh peas! I love them. Used to enjoy them as a child as my dad was an avid gardener! Love getting them at the farmers market! Enjoy your produce! Xo
    Ps impressed that you've learned the secret to turning back time too!

  21. Hello Jemma,
    Thete is nothing like garden fresh peas! I love them. Used to enjoy them as a child as my dad was an avid gardener! Love getting them at the farmers market! Enjoy your produce! Xo
    Ps impressed that you've learned the secret to turning back time too!

  22. My dear Jemma, thank you for the e-card on my Birthday today. And Paris! I listened to it over and over again. I appreciate you sending this, and it really made my day. I had a wonderful time on my Birthday - I went to the Zoo with my kids. I needed to see some silly animals. :)

    love, ~Sheri

  23. This is so sweet... People just don't take the time for fresh and homemade. Doing things the old fashioned way. We are a microwave generation with no time and our faces glued to a screen. Thank you for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

  24. You make these sound so delicious and I don't even like Peas! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Recipes, Crafts, Tips and Tricks Facebook group:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  25. Hello Jemma, wow fresh garden peas must be the best! Thanks for the story and sharing how to shell and cook them.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Julie xo


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