As 10 CC once said: “Life is a minestrone wrapped up in Parma ham/cheese. Death is an old D’Artagnan, suspenders in deep freeze”. Or something like that.

Purple Podded Peas

Purple Podded Peas from Gwydwr’s garden

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Skill level: easy


  • 1 onion – finely chopped
  • 2 medium waxy potatoes – peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots – finely diced
  • 2 courgettes – finely diced
  • 3 sticks of celery – finely chopped
  • 1 can of tomatoes – chopped
  • vegetable stock – 1 litre
  • small pasta – 100g
  • fresh peas/beans – a handful
  • parmesan – coarsely grated – 75g
  • 2 cloves of garlic – crushed
  • spinach – roughly chopped – 225g
  • basil – good handful – torn
  • olive oil
  • s & p

Pour some oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 8-10 minutes, until soft.

Add the potato, carrot, courgette, and celery and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Add the stock and tomatoes, cover and simmer for half an hour.

Add the pasta, peas/beans and spinach, cover and cook for another 10 minutes.

Season and stir in the basil.

Serve with a generous sprinkle of parmesan.

Verdict: The taste of late summer. Smashing!

Drink: Water.

Entertainment: An excellent ‘Waking the Dead’ on DVD. Boyd takes on the Home Office, MI5 and the CIA. SPOILER: Patricia Hodge did it.


  1. Your header is lovely! The color of the pea pods is intriguing. The recipe sounds great – honest flavors that compliment each other well. What most caught my attention was if you turn the image 90 degrees left your photo looks like the cutest headless penguin. Thanks. GMcD

  2. Hi GMcD

    It does indeed. A cute headless penguin wearing a pearl necklace in fact.

    Do you always surf the web at 90 degrees?


  3. I am blown away by those peas! I didn’t know there were such beautiful green peas in purple pods.

  4. […] but who would have ever guessed their pods were purple?! Yum Blog used these gorgeous peas in a minestrone soup. I just can’t stop […]

  5. The combination of colors on those peas is just damn perfect.

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