The nicest part about eating all this delicious fresh produce is that it needs very little work to shine. I picked up some fresh shell peas at the market. I was going to make a soup and then decided a quick saute was exactly what I wanted. The addition of garlic scapes, fresh pea shoots, shallots and butter and I'm a happy girl. This would make a perfect side dish or eaten alone. Fresh, bright and delicious.
3 cups of fresh peas
2 garlic scapes (regular garlic would be fine)
handful of pea shoots
dollop of non salted butter
sea salt & cracked pepper
lemon juice (optional)
fresh herbs (would be a nice addition)
Remove peas from pods and place into a bowl. In a deep saucepan bring water to a simmer, add a pinch of salt. Once at a simmer blanch peas for one minute. Remove and shock in an ice water bath. Do the same with the whole garlic scapes (blanching them takes away that super strong "hot" offensive garlicky flavor). Finely mince two shallots, and the blanched garlic scapes.
In a saute pan on medium heat add a generous dollop of butter, (around two tablespoons). Cook shallots till translucent and add the peas and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Add a handful of pea shoots and allow to wilt. Finish with the juice of half a lemon and some fresh chopped herbs.