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Female Speaker: I have got a good recipe for you guys today. So I can barely even call it a recipe, it’s so fast. I’ve just gathered up some fresh chives in my herb garden. Any time, I can put a little bit of fresh herb into anything; I do it because I love that extra wonderful snappy taste it imparts on any food.
So sugar snap pea is our family favorite for us, I am sure you guys have your things that you do all the time as do we. And this is when I just had to share with you, it’s so wonderful and quick. What I love about it more than just the taste itself is that I can make it fast and since I’ve got a thousand things going on, making dinner, doing homework with the kids and everything, I can serve it in room temperature, who doesn’t want a side dish like that, easy for any of us, and marvelous glorious on the taste buds.
So I’ve got my chives from the herb garden. And you know like I said, one of the things I love about the sugar snap peas is that they are my one minute side dish and I love to having a few of those so if this isn’t something you guys do, you know they’re so good. And all I do with these things is I steam maze, and the reason that I do steam them is because, you know, you’re eating vegetables and you want all the nutrients to stay in the vegetable, right. So for me, if I do a big bath of water, I feel like all the nutrients are going down in the water, the great thing about this is steaming them is so quick, this is just a few minutes. The deal with sugar snap peas is you can not overcook them because they are so wonderful and they still have a little bit of crunch to them, that’s what I love about them. And this is instant presto fantastic side that everybody loves.
So here is the deal with ice best series, always laughing at me and of course I realize, it sounds like lot of pompon circumstance, always you know plunging my vegetables into an ice bath. So I was explaining this here this morning that the reason I do this is because if my vegetables are actually done, they are done at that exact moment I’ve got, you know, the taste of them and everything is that perfect snap. The wonderful thing about it is you plunge them in the cold water, because it shocks them right away. So they just stop cooking that instant. And then they also if you do it the other way, we pull them on, you set them in a bowl, they get really limp and shriveling, and it’s not pretty, and they are not tasty so shock them, it takes an extra two seconds and you can laugh while you’re doing it anyway.
So I am just going to take one out and just, it’s still very hot, they are perfect because they still have that wonderful little snap to them. Like I said you guys, it’s always important to me, so many people overcook their vegetables and I think that’s why people tend to lose interest in vegetables, it seems an ugly one is when they overcook them and you know they are just not good overcooked. And they just so, this is just shocking them like I said. Now they’re going to keep that wonderful yummy crisp thing that they’ve got going on. So I’ll just keep it in there for a second.
Now what I do is I lay out a towel so I can tell these are ready and then I just pull them out, I dry them off, let them sit for a second, you guys are going to love this because if you’re serving, you know, your family, this is such a healthy thing to make and it’s so yummy and you know it’s great year around these things are always available. I just dry them off a little bit. Then my secret ingredient, which is so yummy is toasted sesame oil. So toasted sesame oil is something that you often times find like you know with Asian foods and things like that. And it’s really such a great taste, you know, it just got an interesting sort of a taste, so that along with my chives makes for a really yummy taste.
So I love fresh chives cut up on the sugar snap peas, I think it’s just so wonderful. If you don’t have the access to fresh chives, then you know, get some scallions, they are wonderful too, same effect. And you know the other thing I wanted to mention you guys, weaver farm, just across the way that actually grows it, and it’s so amazing, if you can find a place, you can go pick around that is very, very called too. Because when these things are fresh, man all you have to steam them for is like a minute, it’s the most incredible thing.
So I am salting them. I am peppering them, and then I put some of my toasted sesame oil on them, which is just so incredible, you know, you don’t need to be shy with this shy stuff, put on enough that you can actually taste because that’s what so incredible about it. I guarantee you, your family will gable these up and you will have a new very fast side dish that you are going to love.