Pickin’: v. vernacular for harvesting fruits or veggies
Peas: n. heavenly spring legume
My friend Judi is away and asked me to mind her Ps (no Qs). Last night I walked up there with my little pickin’ basket and minded those Ps right into my basket.
Not as easy as it might seem. It’s hard to judge the pea inside by the fatness of the pod. I picked about 20 pods that looked and felt right, but when I popped them open, some were still semi-fetal.
“Sorry, babies,” I said to them, feeling like a second trimester abortionist.
Nonetheless, I dropped them all, semi-fetal and mature, into boiling water for about 30 seconds, drained them, added a bit o’ butter, a pinch of sea salt and a grind of pepper ….
OMIGOD. Like eating sweet green caviar. Their round shapes roll nicely on the tongue and then pop when caught between my upper and lower molars. Total yum.