Cold and Creamy Pea, Avocado, and Mint Buttermilk Soup
A tangy refreshing chilled soup of garden fresh peas, avocado, and mint in a buttermilk base
"This is my mom. She has worms."My daughter's scintillating introduction to her charges didn't dissuade me from my purpose--to share my worm bin with the young gardeners at our local historical society. Some kids think it's cool, some kids think it's gross, but all kids learn a little bit about worm composting. The more folks--young and old--who are exposed to the myriad of ways we can decrease the amount of waste we create, the better.
I think early exposure to a variety of ideas and foods is important and can result in permanent behavior changes. After I shared my worms with the young gardeners I helped them in their plot. It reminded me of when my teens were in elementary school and I'd volunteer during class time, helping kids to plant, weed, and harvest vegetables. Now, my daughter was in charge of the pea harvest--showing the kids how to snap off the peas without pulling up the whole vine. She also encouraged her charges to sample the harvest.
When I harvest in my own garden I just eat peas straight off the vine. They need no accompaniment, to me, which is why I haven't shared a pea recipe before. Usually I start snacking on peas while driving home from picking up our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share box, and I'll nibble a few here and there until they are all gone.
However, I screwed up with the peas in the farm share recently which is why I created this soup. After nibbling on a bunch, I set the pint on the shelf in the fridge and the peas froze. Oops. Not one to waste perfectly edible food that is the result of our farmers' hard work, I searched for a soup recipe combining what I had on hand (peas, mint, buttermilk) with what sounded good (avocado).
If you don't like the taste of buttermilk [because your mom raised you to eat what was put in front of you and your friend's mom offered you a tall glass of buttermilk which you choked down--only to be given a second glass since you appeared to like it so much--my spouse's experience with buttermilk, not mine] I recommend trying this pea soup recipe. Or this one.
Creamy Pea, Avocado, and Mint Buttermilk Soup
1½ cups (12 ounces) buttermilk
1½ cups sugar snap peas, ends snapped but otherwise complete with pods
1 avocado (pit and peel to compost)
¼ cup mint leaves
½ teaspoon salt (I use kosher) plus more to taste
optional--a teaspoon of lemon or lime juice and freshly ground pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a blender and combine until smooth. Chill for 20 minutes to an hour before serving. Best eaten the same day, as the avocado will discolor the longer it sits.
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