snap peas

Wyllo sat on the ground with a little blonde girl on her lap, the child focusing incredibly hard on the stems of her collected wild daisies, trying to make the perfect crown. The child’s mother sat next to them, on a small stool removing the ends of snap peas. The country air smelled of greens, the ground and squash blooms as the sun beat gently down on Hillsbrad. She had her eyes closed, face to the warm rays and palms in the rich soil propping herself and the toddler up.

“Auntie Lyllo…” A little voice pipped up curiously and Wyllo opened her eyes to set her gaze on the child who was the spitting image of her lovely mother. 

“Yes Sunbeam?” The Ranger answered in a soft, affectionate tone. 

“Ya don’t haveta to go right?” Her big sweet eyes pleading with a quivering bottom lip.

Wyllo pulled the girl into a fierce hug, nibbling at her nose causing a chorus of giggles.

“Noana, your Aunt has work in the City…” The other woman pipped up, hands still moving by habit without regarding her work. “Thank her for the visit.” 

The child nodded sadly and wrapped her little arms around Wyllo’s neck. “Thank you Auntie Lyllo…” She spoke the words dutifully. 

It was a quick visit, they always were. A weekend here, three days there. The Bloodshield farm was more than a home away from home. It was sanctuary, where life slowed down and made sense. It had been since she was a girl. Her parents were lovely people but sad, mourning an unthinkable loss. It was Ms. Bloodshield who offered her supper on the days her own mother was unable to get out of bed. It was this house that was full of life and light when her home was so dark. 

Even now as an adult this quaint farm was the only true home her heart knew. Following the odd conversation with Vel and her mother Saturday night there was only one place she could go to clear her head. The sanctity shattered shortly after her arrival with a letter from the Monk. She had read it so many times, the words feeling so odd to her. It was business, professional. Simply information, a very large shipment of unorganized dragonhawks. 

It took her away from her family, pulled her back too the odd situation she didn’t truly wish to think about. It was for the dragons, to be sure they were taken care of and by the sound of it, she had a lot of work to do, as the letter spoke of the animals yet again as cargo, as things, objects. A shipment of vases, of grain, of dried fish. They were only a commodity to a woman she had thought she was getting to know… but found out all too rudely, she had no idea of.

She hugged Seth, the gesture lingering as if the thought of letting go was unbearable. She felt tears and she didn’t know why, there was nothing to cry about. It was just a job, just a girl, just…  The beautiful ranch faded from view behind her, replaced with the Forsaken guard tower ahead as she moved from Hillsbrad to Silverpine ready to return to the City, very certain after her respite she was no ones leverage. It was gossip taken too far, her boss was only that, it seemed now, all to clear to her.

Shirataki noodle bowl with tofu, broccolini, shredded carrots, dried mushrooms, and snap peas (later topped with spicy peanut sauce, recipe below) 🍴

Spicy Peanut Sauce

3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp peanut butter (I like using super chunky for texture)
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp Sriracha 

Tomorrow is a complete vegan meal day. 
Breakfast: my favorite oatmeal with maple syrup and blueberries. 
Lunch: vegetable and cashew stir-fry.
Snacks: carrots and homemade roasted garlic hummus, my Graze Box sweet Memphis barbecue nut mix, and a banana before cycling class. 

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March 19, 2017

March-like weather has finally arrived, so this weekend I planted!

First I brought my IKEA-hack trellis up from the garage and sowed three rows of sugar snap peas in that planter. Peas do well planted thickly which makes them surprisingly suitable for small spaces. Most types do best with a trellis to grow on because the vines can easily reach 6’/1.8m. A support system that takes advantage of your vertical space is ideal for peas and deck gardens!

Next I planted my blue storage tub planter with four types of salad greens - clockwise from top right: ‘Bright Lights’ chard, mâché, spinach, and a mesclun containing mizuna and pac choi among other things. I like to use plastic drinking straws to demarcate sections because they don’t discolour, rot, or grow mildew the way wooden skewers will.

In order to protect tiny seeds and delicate seedlings from potential downpours and to warm the soil a bit, I cover early-season planters with sheets of plexiglass (acrylic).

In addition to peas and greens, I planted nasturtiums, California poppies, and a native wildflower blend designed to attract bees and other pollinators!

We got soaked in the rain yesterday while installing this succulent and rock garden, but honestly, as I dip in and out of the rain today to get a better look at it, it was worth every single second.  In the middle of the circle is an old apple tree stump that has always been a royal pain to work around, not to mention a giant tripping hazard.  We originally had a bench placed over the stump, but I think I like this much more.  Any of the succulent babies that fell off during transplanting were popped into the holes in the stump.  The kalanchoe in the front of the bed will not survive the winter, nor will the corkscrew rush and fiber optic grass, but I needed a filler until the hens and chicks established themselves here.  Still not sold on the gnomes.  Oh, and the stumps and rocks behind the bed are not staying.  I needed something to prop a screen on top of to protect the Sugar Ann snap peas (in the barrel) from being annihilated by squirrels.  Progress!

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We returned from camping to a garden full of ripe vegetables and herbs. There are big, robust heads of bib lettuce, a sea of cilantro and parsley, dark green leaves of spinach, and two hedges of sugar snap peas. The peas now over my head and there are hundreds of pea pods that need to be eaten.

My all time favorite recipe for snap peas is fixed repeatedly throughout the snap pea season. They’re seasoned with a little soy sauce, Sriracha and dark sesame oil. Last night I decided to add some thin shreds of carrots and angel hair pasta. It was so good, I’m not sure if I’ll do it any other way again.

I posted the sautéed pea recipe last year. To make what you see in these pictures, I cut four carrots into thin strips, using my julienne peeler, which I sautéed with the peas. Meanwhile, I cooked three ounces of angel hair pasta. The vegetables were seasoned and tossed together with the pasta.

The whole meal came together in about ten minutes and we were practically licking our plates.

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These are amazing. 3 points plus for a big serving! Trader joes sells them and they’re basically just dehydrated snap peas with some vegetable oil. They seriously taste like healthy Cheetos. I’m obsessed with them.


They’re only like $1.50 per bag and I can’t get enough. Plus, they’re SO FILLING. I don’t know if it’s because the main ingredient is basically just peas or what, but it’s not just in my head. Three of my coworkers and I all had less than one serving and felt extremely full shortly afterwards.

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I don’t think we have to worry about having enough snap peas this year.  We’re loaded.  These puppies are days away from being ready to pick.  I had loads of seed leftover after planting the raised beds, so I popped the remainder into buckets on the deck, trellised them, and hoped for the best.  I’m glad I did.  I think I’ll take the peas from the buckets and freeze them for the winter months.  The peas in the raised beds are fair game for snacking.

im taking walmart to court because there was only one sugar snap pea in my entire stirfry mix… where’s the fucking justice