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Peas with feta, mint and lemon zest



I WANT to eat heavenly flavours during the summer. This recipe has got to be one of the most delicious ways to eat a lot of peas……with creamy soft feta, fresh mint and the ingredient that makes all the flavour difference, lemon zest. This is also the time to break out that super special bottle of extra virgin olive oil you have in the kitchen cupboard and drizzle it liberally all over the peas and feta.

The one ingredient that will make or break this dish is the feta. I’ve stopped buying feta from the supermarkets as I don’t think it’s very good; bitter, strong tasting and bizarrely dry. I’ve found the best places to buy creamy, smooth tasting feta is from a middle eastern supermarket (Turkish, Lebanese, Syrian, Persian – all of them will have a huge range of feta). The feta I choose is displayed as great big cubes, sitting in brine, in large containers in the fridge (you help yourself to how much you want) – this stuff is the best.

Miraculous ingredients: good quality creamy feta (from a middle eastern supermarket), extra virgin olive oil

Peas with feta, mint and lemon zest

Ingredients

200g Frozen petit pois peas (a large bowl full)

50g Feta cheese, crumbled

5g Fresh mint leave, finely chopped

The zest from ½ a lemon

Extra virgin olive oil

Method

Place the frozen peas in a bowl and microwave for about 3-4 minutes until they are completely defrosted and warm. Crumble the feta on top of the peas, scatter with mint leaves and lemon zest, and drizzle generously with olive oil.

Preparation time 5 minutes, microwave time 4 minutes, serves 1 adult (scale up for more people!)

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