CREAMY GREEN PEA & AVOCADO DIP

Creamy Green Pea & Avocado Dip | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

If you are relatively new to growing food a good place to start is legumes such as peas, beans and broad beans. They are one of the easiest and most satisfying edibles to grow, plus they feed the soil with nitrogen as they grow. It is win win for everyone – we get to eat, and the soil is feed too.

Healthy soil is integral to growing strong healthy plants. It has taken some time, however, after 8 years of gardening here I can confidently say our soil is healthy. It is dark in colour, holds moisture while not soggy and has some spring to it when squeezed. This has taken care and time to build up the garden beds with compost and mulch, and practicing crop rotation. Different plants utilise different nutrients in the soil therefore rotating crops – i.e. not planting tomatoes in the same spot as last year – helps the soil to recover and replenish. And growing legumes after a hungry feeder such as tomatoes is one way to bring the soil back to health.

Creamy Green Pea & Avocado Dip | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

Creamy Green Pea & Avocado Dip | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

This year we have a bumper crop of peas, probably the best I have ever grown. I sowed the seeds in early September which must have been just the right time as usually they are barely flowering in November. And water is important, usually spring is quite wet here but it has been drier than normal this year so regular watering once they start flowering. It’s early November and this years crops is 2 meters tall and dripping with large pea pods.

The kids are very happy, one of their favourite pastimes at present is to harvest a handful of peas and sit on the garden steps podding and popping the little sweet peas into their mouths. This is how most of our peas are eaten, but a little extra rain this last week and a few warm days [plus some diversion tactics involving frozen banana ice cream], and I managed to harvest enough to make a fresh pea dip…

Last year I shared a post about how I grow peas and beans by direct sowing them into garden beds. You can read about it HERE.

Creamy Green Pea & Avocado Dip | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

Creamy Green Pea & Avocado Dip | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

Creamy Green Pea & Avocado Dip | HOMEGROWN KITCHEN

Creamy Green Pea & Avocado Dip

This fabulous dip is creamy while light with a hint of mint for a refreshing taste. It can easily be made dairy-free, simply omit the goat cheese, use a whole avocado and add an extra pinch of salt. Give it go, you will love it. Freshly podded broad beans can also be used.

Ingredients

1 cup freshly podded peas or frozen peas

1/2 perfectly ripe avocado

4 tablespoons soft goat cheese or feta [or extra 1/2 avocado for dairy free]

2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

juice of half a lemon

sprig of fresh mint

salt and cracked pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth and creamy. Check seasoning and eat immediately with crackers or vegetable sticks for dipping.

Notes

The crackers in the photos are my Four-seed Crackers find the recipe HERE.

http://www.homegrown-kitchen.co.nz/2014/11/06/creamy-green-pea-avocado-dip/

8 Comments on “CREAMY GREEN PEA & AVOCADO DIP”

  1. I’m loving all the broad beans coming out of the school kitchen gardens that I work with. They are the perfect vegetable to cook with kids as little hands love the podding and peeling that is needed 🙂

  2. Hi Nicola, this is probably a silly question but if using frozen peas do you use them straight from frozen with no cooking? Thanks, alison.

    1. Hi Alison, thaw them first or you can blanch them quickly in boiling water and refresh under cold water. Just don’t cook them too much this meant to be a fresh pea dip. Enjoy!

  3. Hi Nicola,
    I am impressed with your crop of peas. This is something I have difficulty growing in Nelson. What type of peas do you grow ?
    Cheers,
    Nicki

    1. Hi Nicki, they are ‘greenfeast’ from Pod gardening. The shell is edible too when the peas are young. I have also grown Progress Pea from Kings with success. It is important to get them in early [August/ September] and water well when they first flower and when the pods start to plump up. Good luck 🙂

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