Green Peas From a Perfumed Garden

Green Peas From a Perfumed Garden makes a wonderful side dish for your Valentines Day dinner. It is one of my favorite recipes. You will be making a love potion this vegetable with onions and spices, including cardamom, which is a aromatic spice. This makes a delicious side for any dinner. You will want to make sure it's included in your romantic dinner.

"Green peas, boiled carefully with onions, and powdered with cinnamon, ginger and cardamoms well pounded, create for the consumer considerable amorous passion and strength for love." - Cheikh Nefzaonti, The Perfumed Garden

To start, you will need:

  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced very thin
  • 1 c. shelled fresh green peas (or frozen peas, broken up)
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 or 3 whole fresh mint leaves

In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the onion and saute until just tender, about 4 minutes. Add the peas, water, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom and season lightly with salt. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until peas are tender. Do not overcook. During the last minute, stir in the mint leaves.

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