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Sweet Peas Doing the Twist!

My neighbor has an abundance of Sweet Peas..

This vine reminds me of my mom so much…

Still can picture it climbing… nearly six feet high…

The purple of the flowers was one of my favorites…lathyrus_odoratus1

Since then I have learned there are pink, white, purple, black, cream, orange, red …

even blue! 41HG2Wghd3L__AA160_

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It has a butterfly shaped flower… so delicate… gwen

It’s name “Sweet Pea”… or Fragrant Pea… derived from the Greek term Lathyrus and the Latin term “Odoratus”…k15500085

I had walked over to my neighbors and while talking … reached down and picked a few seed pods that were dry on her vine of Sweet Peas

I brought them home and laid them on a shelf in my kitchen… thinking I would plant them in a few days…

I looked at them a few days later only to find the pods had twisted dougla0085sand popped open OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA … all of the seeds onto my floor… I salvaged some of them… but, will have to get more it seems…

This time putting them in an envelope to hold them inside… k6810513

while they finished their job of opening up…

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They were doing what they normally do

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Twisting and throwing the seeds to the surrounding area… to replant themselves for the following year… but, my kitchen floor just wasn’t going to do it!…

I showed them to my husband and he says, “I wondered what that popping sound was that I heard the other day?”…

Evidently when they were hitting the floor!…

“A Bean Is a Bean!”

Gift…

Ok… so I thought it was likePea Pod“… Sugar Peas or Snow Peas … I had eaten them many times… Greenin a podkinda sweet in taste… Yummy with oriental foods   or just as a side compliment vegetable to most any meat…

WRONG!… Not the same thing… Pretty green color… after preparing them… And thank goodness I read the directions or they would have been thrown in the garbage…

I had heard the name… wasn’t quite sure what kind of bean it was… but, a bean is a bean or so I thought…

This bean was first documented in 1275 by a Japanese Monk , Nichiren Shonin … A parishioner had brought them to him and he replied with a thank you note…

It’s name means “twig bean”… and is supposed to be nature’s “Perfect Food”…

It is a complete protein. It’s rich in fiber, and heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats. It’s rich in plant-based protein, gluten-free, low in carbohydrates and is diabetes friendly. Most importantly, it is said that they tastes great and are fun to eat!

Well… Everyone to their own opinionabout the taste and being “fun” to eat…

I bought them in the vegetable frozen foods department… “Looked so yummy”, as I said… and would go great with the meat dish I was preparing…

They were a Steam-Fresh product of Birds Eye“… That was good sign…”Birds Eye” is  known for fresh tasting vegetables… Picked at their peak of tenderness and would have the fresh flavor we all crave…

Steamed (microwaved) in package like directions said…

You steam them in the bag by microwaving them… so you really don’t know what they look like… After reading the directions I knew I would be shelling these beans… Isn’t that why I bought them… No more work than needed???…Oh, well… I hadn’t read the “how to prepare” directions until after I got them home…

Removed all of the shells by popping (squeezing) out the beans…

After shelling them… I had to run a little cool water over them to be able to handle them… They popped right out and were a perfect fresh green color… I was wondering if there would be enough for three people… but, as it turned out… there were plenty!… Didn’t look like any that I had seen…  

Edamame” …

“twig bean” (eda = “twig” + mame = “bean”)

Yes, I had heard that name… but, I still didn’t know they were young soybeans… I always say, “I’ll never be too old to learn one new thing every day!”… and now you have to…

Pretty green…a little nutty taste and crunch when eaten…

Ok… So you knew this already… Just appease me… please… Thanks for reading!

“Meatless Meals…So Good!”

No meat tonight for dinner… We’ll get enough protein from the Field Peas and Snaps … What are “snaps”?… They are immature pea pods cooked with the peas…If you like Black-eyed peas I’m sure like Field Peas… It started with me cooking green cabbage/potatoes … of course when I cook cabbage I think of a friend’s mother…When I spent the night she would cook cabbage and potatoes… I don’t remember meat being served then either… but, I do know… there was that big pot steaming with that wonderful combination… Along side was a skillet of cornbread  with butter…No need for anything else!… I’m making fried apples too…mainly because I need to use the apples, but it sounded so good together…Lots of butter/margarine, sugar, cinnamon and a little nutmeg … Yummy!… I could be an announcer for a cooking show!… I also cook my cabbage with butter/margarine, salt/pepper and about a tablespoonful of sugar…The sugar in most vegetables just enhances the flavor I have found…and spread out throughout the whole pot or skillet, not that many calories… Of course I know bacon grease  was used by my Mom and my friend’s Mom for seasoning… but, things change as we gain our own way of cooking… I’d better check the progress… it’s smelling so good!  …Try a meatless meal sometime… You will truly enjoy it!  

“My Kids”…

No wonder some of our kids didn’t eat very much at school…unless it was pizza… Papa John Pizza Day on Tuesdays especially… Schools serve some kind of meat we usually called “Mystery Meat”… because it all tasted the same, although it was served as chicken , beef or pork …Looked pretty much the same too … Of course if you put ketchup, mustard or hot sauce on it…it tasted the same anyway…which is what they usually did… My Granddaughter and Grandson have cheese and crackers as an alternative to the regular meal and so did our kids… Could it be this meatless meal   looks and tastes better than the other choices offered … No doubt!