Tonight, I wanted Mac and Cheese and thought that it would be a good time to bring out that can of Batchelors Mushy Peas. I washed it down with a bottle of Fuller's London Pride Beer.
The beer, brewed in Chiswick, was very good. To be honest, I'm not a great judge of beer. I don't possess a discriminating palate. I like nearly everything that comes my way. If it's beer, send it my way! I can best describe it as a heavy beer that went well with the Mac and Cheese.
I have always put peas in two categories. First, fresh peas. I love fresh, firm, sweet peas. Second, canned peas. Always a bit yellow in tone and semi soft, not a favorite, but I will eat them if it's the only veggie option. I love vegetables. Mushy Peas are now a third pea category for me and I didn't like them!
I followed the directions on the can which said to heat them gently in a saucepan on the Hob (which I am guessing means stove top and a new word that I've now picked up.
007 Dan has never called it "The Hob"). Here it is cooking, looking like a bad Science experiment, somewhat toxic. It's actually exactly the color of the slime that they use on Nickelodeon!
The consistency is odd. It's firmer than American canned peas, but it's also sitting in a thick mush that's almost like dried up pea soup. It's bland. I'm curious if people have ways of spicing it up and making it taste better. Also, what's it served with? I've seen it on menus at local pubs, but I've never ordered it or noticed what it was paired with. I am usually too busy wolfing down my Shepherds Pie! I gave it a go, but definitely not a fan of Mushy.
And, I of course enjoyed my dinner while watching the fifth episode of Downton Abbey. I loved the flower show part. Lady Sybil is also fast becoming one of my favorite characters.