Perfect summer soup – pea soup

10 August 2011 § 8 Comments

My pea crop in our vegetable garden has been very disappointing this summer. I can count on one hand the number of peas The Ladies™ have picked, whereas we’ve had buckets full of cherry tomatoes – they just keep on coming.

Last week we had an International Potluck. Argentina, Mexico, Israel, India, Morocco, England and Wales were present. Imagine the United Nations on watermelon mojitos – you get the picture. Everyone brought a dish from their homeland: we had sweet and spicy Moroccan chicken, Indian kebabs, marinated for twelve hours, Argentinian flan and chocolate covered dates.

My good English friend, Caroline, brought pea soup which reminded me so much of a quintessential British summer – dainty sandwiches on the lawn washed down with jugs of Pimm’s (very far from the riotous one they’re having now).

This Ina Garten pea soup was very refreshing, the mint cut through the sweetness of the peas. You could make it a bit more substantial by adding chopped boiled potatoes and a few whole peas. Serve with crunchy, garlicky croutons and crème fraîche.

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