Monday, September 09, 2013

Balcony Garden: Harvest Monday #40

Give peas a chance!

This is my second year growing peas. Like the beans that I recently harvested I um'd and ah'd about whether to plant them. After all, it's a lot of effort for what ultimately amounted to a soy sauce dish of peas.

But man, they were TASTY. Picked off the bush and eaten straight from the pod these little peas are sweet and much better than a lolly any day.

I decided to wait until all the peas were big enough to harvest at once...otherwise I would've been cooking with 3 peas at a time.  I think I waited a little too long however as some of the peas were a bit yellow by the time I harvested them. Not to worry -- they still tasted great.

So what do you do with a soy sauce dish overflowing with peas? It seems only fitting to throw them into some fried rice.  I recently saw Marion Grasby (aka Masterchef Marion) cooking at the Good Food + Wine Show and she said she NEVER puts peas or ham/bacon into her fried's sacrilegious to do so. That may be all well and good but peas and + ham are pretty much a staple in an Aussie households fried rice...and carrots, and maybe some capsicum. 

So close your eyes Marion as here is my Aussie Fried Rice full of peas and free-range ham! And it was DELISH!

So tell me, what do you put into your fried rice? Do peas + ham make a regular guest appearance?

You can view more Harvest Monday posts on Daphne's Dandelions blog.


  1. Ha! Peas and ham are often used in Peruvian households, too. Some use frankfurters instead of ham. I know!!!

  2. I always have peas and ham (and corn!)- but I love adding shredded lettuce or cabbage too, for a different texture and moistness

  3. I enjoy a similar experience. We love home-grown vegetables! This goes well for my lifestyle as well as it’s easier to prepare vegetable salads and healthy finger food menus for my family.

  4. I always put in ham, bacon or spam, sometimes chicken, always peas + onions, loads of garlic. Sometimes I'll add in some of those crispy fried onions too, and bean sprouts if we're in the mood for those. Yum!


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