Don’t you just love the French language, everything always sounds so effortlessly cool and sexy, however petits pois a la Francaise means nothing more sexy than French peas… Now, if like me, you love peas you know that they are pretty foxy but sexy? I’m not so sure. The dish though is the very epitome of why French food is held in such high esteem, it is so simple, essentially braised peas and lettuce with some bacon, garlic, butter and cream and I defy anyone not to fall in love at first bite. At this time of year I can feel free to use up all of our frozen peas from last year as we have already planted our new crop and petits pois a la Francaise is my go to dish to use them. I’ve served these with a simple butter roasted chicken supreme, but hell serve it with what ever you like, it just works, to be honest I would be happy with just a massive bowl of this and nothing to go with it!
In other news it is April, pretty much my favourite month of the year, now admittedly I am currently feeling a little battered, gardening has begun in earnest and my 4-5 months of inactivity is telling on my old bones. And I LOVE it, I may weep myself to sleep at night but growing food is what we moved here to do so getting back at it is always a euphoric time of the year, no matter how much pain it brings. As a bonus by the end of the month I can put away my grown up long trousers and live in shorts and flip flops until winter comes back. Oh yeah, and there will be fresh peas before I know it, so even more petits pois a la Francaise!