Friday, January 13, 2012

Summer pea dip

This is literally the most simple and tasty dip you will ever make. The brilliant green is a feast for the eyes; the taste tangy and sweet. You can add whichever herbs you like to tailor it to your taste buds or leave it as is. A perfect addition to a summer afternoon picnic in the park.

For those familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine principles:
Peas have a neutral thermal nature and a sweet flavour, making them effective for tonifying the spleen and stomach and harmonising digestion. They also counteract the effect of an overactive liver that commonly attacks the earth element, hindering absorption and digestion. They help to reduce rebellious qi, which may manifest with symptoms such as indigestion, hiccups, vomiting, belching and heart burn. They are also a mild diuretic and laxative, making them effective for food stagnation and constipation.*

1 1/2 cups of blanched fresh peas (or alternatively frozen if you can't get your hands on any!)
Juice of half a lemon
1 teaspoon of miso paste
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp freshly crushed coriander seeds
+ or - any fresh herbs you like

Blend all ingredients together to the texture that suits you. Enjoy!

*Pitchford, 1993, see resources