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How to Make Mushy Peas

In the South of England and the Midlands, mushy peas traditionally go with fish and chips, while in Ireland they are more likely to make an appearance alongside a roast leg of lamb. In Northern England you can order ‘pie and peas’ which is a meat pie served with a portion of mushy peas on the side. They are jokingly termed ‘Yorkshire caviar’ in the North. Some people even like to serve them cold as a dip for bread or crackers. There is a vinegary version served in Scotland, and some English recipes feature sugar as well as fresh mint. Blue and yellow food colourings are sometimes used in the recipe.

Mushy peas are usually made with dried marrowfat peas, although split peas or fresh peas can be used at a pinch. Dried marrowfat peas can be hard to find outside the UK so we suggest using fresh peas instead, adding butter and cream to get a perfectly authentic texture. Choose large peas to make this recipe; the smaller ones will have too many skins when mashed to get the texture just right.

You can get mushy peas from any fish and chip shop in the UK and you can also get the tinned (canned) version which is not bad. However, once you leave British shores, you will find mushy peas more difficult (or impossible) to find, and even the tinned kind can cost more than anticipated. The easy workaround is of course to prepare your own mushy peas recipe from scratch, so you can enjoy the fresh flavour it offers. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, my name is Christine and I would like to welcome you to TeaTime Recipes. Tea has always been a favourite of mine and I adore the tradition of serving this wonderful beverage with all kinds of little snacks both sweet and savoury. Read More

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