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Traditional English Recipe - Mushy Peas

Mushy peas are a traditional accompaniment to the great British fish and chips. You need to start making them at least a day in advance (or you can buy them in a tin).
Mushy Peas
Original photo by mrbill

Ingredients

  • Dried peas
  • Bicarbonate of soda tablets
  • Water
  • Sugar, salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Butter
  • Mint (Optional)

Method

  1. Dissolve the bicarbonate tablets (they usually come in a box) in one and a half pints of boiling water.
  2. Pour the solution over the dried peas.
  3. Leave to soak overnight, or for at least 12 to 16 hours.
  4. Drain the peas, then put them in a saucepan and just cover them with cold, fresh water.
  5. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Once they have turned mushy add salt, pepper, sugar, butter and mint to taste.

Definitions

To boil: To cook a liquid at a temperature of at least 100°C.

To dissolve: To mix dry ingredient(s) with liquid until in solution.

To drain: To remove water from ingredients cooked in liquid or from raw ingredients that have been washed in water by placing them in a sieve or colander.

To pour: To transfer a liquid from one container to another.

To simmer: To keep a liquid just below boiling point, usually in a pan on the hob, e.g. simmer the sauce until it starts to thicken.

To soak: To immerse a solid in a liquid.

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May 2008