Yes Peas

I have overeaten too many times in the last few weeks and have been feeling very depressed and anxious about it.  So, today was a new day and it began (and ended and middled) with new resolve.  I was working from home today so had no excuse to eat rubbish and it was easy to eat healthily.  My objective was to eat only fruits and vegetables.


I made a smoothie with watermelon, mixed berries, a banana and coconut water which was refreshing.watermelon cubes At the end of the bed full of sweetcorn is this chaotic looking tangle of pea plants.peas beside sweetcorn I wish I had kept the seed packet or noted down what they are because this plant is a mixture of green and purple pods.  The green pods are particularly large which is a bonus for me – read on!peas on stalks They look really pretty.

purple pods dangling

This is my first pea crop of the year.
peas in colander You may think it is rather pointless to grow peas as they are so cheap to buy from the supermarket.peas They are a bit of a bother to shuck/pod/peel to get out the little green gems although I find the activity pleasurable.  Eating them raw is pleasurable too!peas in pod green The reason why I grow them is to get the pea pod.  Yes, the pod.  I use it to make pea pod soup which is a sweet and gentle and totally delicious flavour.  Fresh picked pea pods are sweet and crunchy and as long as you remove the stringy part, they are tasty in a salad too.peas in pod I was curious to know what colour the peas inside the purple pod would be. green peas purple pod They are green.peas in purple pod The purple pods were quite tough so I put them in the compost along with the stringy parts and tops of the green pods but I ate the rest of the crop.pea pod rubbish


Having removed the peas from their pods I steamed them for a few minutes and enjoyed them with a tiny bit of butter.  Ooh yes, they were lovely.  This picture reminds me of a biology lesson on genes when we were introduced to alleles.  Some peas are wrinkled and some smooth.  Extraordinary the stuff that ones memory retains!

peas with butter

To make the soup, I chopped up and lightly fried the last of the shallots from the garden.shallots chopped Roughly chopped and added the pea pods.pea pods I reserved the water that I used to steam the peas which interestingly went purple!  I also added 1 tsp of Marigold vegetable stock.  Let it simmer for about 20 minutes and then blitzed it until it was smooth.pea pods and stock It was a bit stringy so I sieved it and then it was perfect.  Sweet and mild in flavour and very moreish.  My quantity of peas and stock made a couple of large mugfulls and I enjoyed them both.Pea soup in mug I did have a glass of wine.  I wasn’t going to but I was invited to have a glass when I dropped Harvey’s friend off.  It was a lovely warm summer evening, Harvey was invited in for a swim and I had a lovely chat and glass of vino.

On the way home I was wondering what to have and had decided a salad would be perfect for me but I would have to cook something else for Harvey.  When I got home there was a lovely surprise.  My gorgeous girl had made dinner for us, having guessed I had stopped for a chat and that we would both return home hungry.  I was thrilled as this plate of roasted vegetables was perfect.  Thank you Lara.
Roast vegetables

So, a day of eating fruit and vegetables, the only exceptions being some coconut water and oil used in cooking.  Oh yes, and a glass of wine – thanks Ginny 🙂


About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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