Once upon a
time, there was something called I Hate Peas –
French fries with ridges that you baked in the oven, aimed at kids who
wouldn’t eat their vegetables. They supposedly had all the nutrients of
peas without whatever it is about peas that apparently some kids don’t
like. They didn’t last long, and I (or my mom) was fortunate because I
always loved vegetables, including peas.
recently, a few well-meaning cookbooks gave parents advice on how to
sneak vegetables into other foods, like butternut squash in macaroni and
cheese, which, to quote Raymond
Sokolov, means that “many kids would never know the joy of
crusty, traditional mac and cheese.”
to being very familiar with the joy of crusty macaroni and cheese, the
pleasure of fresh peas us something that I never want to miss either.
They’re sweet, crunchy, and bright-tasting, and during their fleeting
season, it’s nice to find a way to highlight them, like in these green
pea and radish tartines.