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Mushy Peas

We traveled to Paris and England over the holidays and had an amazing trip! While in England, we enjoyed our fair share of the classic: fish and chips! I’ve had fish and chips before, but I’ve never  heard of the side dish that came with it- mushy peas! Apparently this is traditional English pub fare and despite the name, it is really good! So when we got back I knew I had to try to re-create them.

I went right to the “proper” source for a recipe- Jamie Oliver (he is like royalty over there).


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch spring onions, chopped  (I used a yellow onion)
  • 1 handful fresh mint (optional)
  • 1 pound frozen peas
  • 2 large knobs butter
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


“Heat the oil in a pan and add the chopped onions, mint, and peas. Cover and leave for a few minutes to steam. Mash with a potato masher. You can do this with a food processor as well, just pulse it until smooth (I used my immersion blender). Whether mashing or pulsing, when it’s done add the butter and season very carefully, to taste.” I add a tablespoon or two of milk because it seemed rather dry.

 They were really good, but not as good as the ones I had in the English pubs! I’ll have to keep at it…

Golden Boar Pub

The Rose and Crown

Meanwhile, since we’ve been back I have…

1. … started to put milk in my tea  

(in my commemorative William and Kate engagement mug, of course…)

2. … am going through serious Cadbury withdrawal

3. …become slightly obsessed with the Royal Family

The Royals

(on my to-read list!)

4. … started using the phrase “BRASS MONKEYS”  

(it doesn’t mean what you think)

 whenever possible (as in, “Brrr… it’s brass monkeys out there today!”)

5.  …. found my knight in shining armour


6. … continue to wait for my acceptance letter to Hogwarts!



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