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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Join the Pea Party


He calls them "po de soies"



I don't know why, maybe he can't pronounce Petits Pois

The best part of growing little peas is to stand in the row and eat till your heart's content
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The best way to harvest peas is to pull them out, all at once, and settle down to a contest of who can shell the most peas in the shortest amount of time.


I always win, by a landslide. I have had lots of practice. Sitting in a circle, old and young, in our little farm village, listening to the old women, telling stories of "how it used to be".


Not too far from the serious work sits a bottle of champagne, on ice.




Before they all go into the freezer a traditional meal of little peas and tuna in a bechamel sauce is served with a glass of champagne.

Gina

14 comments:

  1. Those are amazing peas!!! And also what a harvest! My Italian mother makes a very similar dish to yours, only she uses tomato sauce rather than beschamel. Is there something special about pairing peas with tuna? :)
    Sometimes I make this dinner - it is a great healthy and quick meal!

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  2. I'm not really big on the vegetables, but those look fantastic!

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  3. Oh, I want to be there for the pea party!! It looks like a perfect summer day, Gina!! And I looove tuna and peas. :) xo – g

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  4. Gina,
    i'm a party girl and i say yes to the pea party! Your pics are so delectable!
    I've never had this dish before. Will have to try to do it...
    :-)

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  5. Hi Barbara, that is interesting, peas with tomatoe sauce. Creamed peas and new potatoes is another one of our favorites.

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  6. Hi Linda, you would like the little peas if you could shell them right out of the field and eat them from your hand. Maybe next year.

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  7. Dear Georgianna, I am so glad that you like peas and tuna. It is such a simple but satisfying meal. Have you tried creamed, new potatoes and peas? I can't decide which I like best.

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  8. Dear Lala, please try it. It is so simple to make. Especially good when you can serve it on the kind of bread that you get in Spain, from your favorite Baker.

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  9. Hi Gina...I've enjoyed going through your blog! And I adore your barn. My latest trip to St. Helena was primarily to drool over all the gorgeous barn (or winery!)doors. Loved the visit there...and here! Will be back! Trish

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  10. Dear Trish, Thank you for stopping by. You have such a great eye for beauty. I love the way you shop and document what you see. Please stop by again. I value your opinion.

    Gina

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  11. I loved the peas you gave Les and I when we visited last week. They were so delicious, we ate them on our way to Moab. Funny thing, Les never liked peas until he tasted these. They are now our favorite and my Italian mother used to make the same dish you did - peas and tuna in a cream sause served on toast or muffins. Delicious!

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  12. Dear Jan, thanks for visiting my blog. We enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing you again in September, for the Artist Studio Tour.

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  13. What an amazing crop, and incredible photos Gina! I love the first one, the colors are spectacular.
    Thank you for all your feedback and support, Gina. Sometimes I reply to comments on my blog, but I suspect that my replies don't get emailed as they should, although typepad keeps assuring me that that is the case. I just had a look at the slow travel forum, but haven't immediately found what I was after, will go back to it later on in the day. Ciao, and thank you again.

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  14. Hi Francesca, It is always good to hear from you. Are you back from Portugal? Enjoyed all of your posts. Here is the link to the Italy travel forum which discusses Italian artisans.
    http://slowtalk.com/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/862600685/m/574004031001

    Good luck with your new project.

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