Did I mention how much I love peas?

No, there is nothing obsessive about this.  Really.  Anyways, here is a spread of our pea-tastic Japanese meal from a few weeks ago.

Teriyaki Chicken Tsukune

(A)
250g minced chicken
4 tbsp finely chopped green onions
1/2 tsp chopped ginger
1 tbsp sake
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp katakuriko (corn starch)
as many peas as you want

(B)
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp mirin
1/2 tbsp sugar

Mix (A) in a bowl and shape into 8 small patties.
Mix (B) in a small bowl an set aside
Coat a non-stick pan with 1 tsp vegetable oil and cook chicken patties until brown on both sides
Pour 1 tbsp sake, cover, and steam for a few minutes
Pour (B) over patties, cook until reduced and the chicken is evenly coated with a deliciously dribbly teriyaki sauce

Simmered Hijiki Seaweed

30g dried hijiki
1/2 carrot, sliced
3 tbsp chopped green onions
3/4 cup dashi stock
1 tbsp sake
2 1/2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp soy sauce
pinch of salt
as many peas as you want

Immerse hijiki in a bowl of cold water for a few minutes
Drain, cook in oiled pan, add all ingredients, and let simmer

Pickled Cucumber and Wakame

1 cucumber
10g wakame
pinch of salt
as many peas as you want
(A)
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp dashi stock
pinch of salt

Immerse wakame in a bowl of cold water for a few minutes
Salt cucumber and thinly slice. Squeeze out excess water with hands
Prepare (A) marinade, and pour over cucumber and wakame

Steamed Rice with Peas

Soak 1 cup rice in water for 30 min. Then steam with 1 cup water and a pinch of salt

Miso Soup with Leeks, Potatoes, and Peas

400ml dashi stock
2 tbsp miso
1 small potato
1/2 leek
as many peas as you want

Dissolve miso in stock, add chopped potatoes and leeks

The truly wonderful thing about peas, especially cooked with a Japanese-y meal is that it adds wonderful color to a cuisine where appearance is (almost) everything.  They also add incredible sexy texture to everything, as well as a delicate sweetness.  Inspiring.  Japanese food can be rather mild, contrary to popular horror stories of wasabi and fried fish heads, so The Pea engages in perfect harmony with mirin, sake, soy sauce, and sugar.

I’m mildly horrified that Pea Season is quickly winding to an end. But that only means, Figs are around the corner.  And thus, another obsession begins.

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