Saturday, May 8, 2010

African Peas... and hiccups

8 May 2010

We have a lady being supported by the local church that has started up a business.  She texts people (me included) on Saturdays and finds out what kinds of produce we are hoping to get for the next week’s cooking.  Then on Sunday mornings early, she heads to Kariyakoo, a place WAY across town where you can buy produce very cheaply.  In the early afternoon, our veggies, fruits, etc. arrive in a bag on our doorstep.  We pay, she leaves, and life goes on.  It’s really a pretty nice system overall!

Recently, though, the system experienced a slight hiccup.  Marie and I were excited about the idea of making a pear crisp (something that she had, unbeknownst to me, made while I was in Kenya.  I can’t believe she’d do such a thing with me gone!)  We didn’t know if Stella, the veggie lady, could find pears or not, but we thought we’d give it a try.  So we ordered our usual 2kg of tomatoes, ½ kg of onions, some green peppers and garlic… and 2 kg of pears.

Low and behold, the next day we got our order.  Inside were the tomatoes, some onions… no peppers or garlic (turns out they were out, which is pretty strange)… and a huge bag of PEAS!  At first, I thought she’d gotten our order mixed with someone else.  There was no way we would order peas… we’ve had bad luck with green beans going moldy within a few hours of getting them, and we like green beans a lot better than peas.  Besides, who would order that many peas, anyway!?

Then, I realized.  The words sound different, but the spelling is only one letter off.  And for a none-native English speaker, it was too close to call.  Pears.  Peas.  Hmm…

So now we have 2kg of peas sitting in our fridge.  Well, they were in our fridge.  But obviously we’re not using them all up right away, so they ended up in our freezer.  Which presents another problem.

All of our ice now tastes like peas.  Which doesn’t tend to be so refreshing at the end of a long day of school!  Granted, I’m a HUGE fan of V-8 Fusion Juices in the States… (just as my friends in N.C!)  but only because it tastes like FRUIT, and not PEAS!!!  Something about veggie-tasting ice – and thus, glasses of water – doesn’t quite do it for me.

 Our many bags of PEAS... and lots of ice that has acquired its taste!!!

So if you have any fabulous recipes that use peas in a not-so-obvious way (my housemates aren’t big fans)… let me know.  I'm open to suggestions.  We need to get our ice tasting back to normal!

1 comment:

  1. Pole sana! Have your house helper make coconut rice and add peas and carrots to it. I HATE peas, but they tend to take on the coconut flavor of the rice and I'm able to eat them. :)