Every year, right around when the intoxicating lilacs bloom, King Peas arrive at my market. They’re heaped in an unassuming cardboard box, nestled between the brussels sprouts and green beans. I greedily await their arrival, stuffing alarmingly large handfuls into a produce bag and rushing to the check out line before I’m stopped. I text my mom: “The peas are here!”
These peas are the long-awaited reward for trudging through our Michigan winters. They’re a subtle reminder that nature has not forgotten us and can still bear such sweetness.
I always make the same dish – Jamie’s Spaghetti and Meatballs. It’s the perfect showcase: a simple tomato sauce and riotous spicy sausage meatballs, topped with a confetti of soft herbs and starchy raw peas – shucked at the table. This year, I added rose and a dear friend. Just what I needed.
p.s. Because I buy so many peas, I usually have enough to make this incredible pasta dish as well. It may be a toss up!