Petit-Pois [Baby peas] sautéed with Ham and Onions

When you are a food snob like me, baby peas are called “Petit-pois” at my house.  I really don’t have a answer as to the why.  As far back as I remember that is what my mother called them and well that is how they stuck in my head.  Even when I learned English, when I think of baby peas, I immediately translate them in my head to “Petit-Pois”.

But, there is nothing snobbish about the quick, easy way of making this sweet, bright green ingredient. Plus, I always seem to have the needed ingredients on hand.

When I need a side to any dish this, this is my sure go-to ingredient. It pairs with everything: Meat, poultry, fish, heck even alone in a bowl!

I dare you to prove me wrong.


2 cups of petit-pois (ok, uhm…baby peas!) frozen is good, if you can find them fresh even better!
1 onion (cut into strips)
1 cup of ham or if you have prosciutto you can use that too. (Roughly chopped)
3 tablespoon butter
¼ cup of water (or stock) if needed
Salt (to taste)
Cracked pepper (to taste)

If baby peas are frozen, measure about 2 cups and put aside.

Cut the onions and ham, put aside

In a shallow sauce pan, over medium-high heat, melt the butter. When the butter is bubbling, mix in the onions, season with a bit of salt and cook for about 2 minutes until soft, then mix in the ham/prosciutto (if using prosciutto, go easy on the season moving forward since the prosciutto is cure and a bit salty to begin with).  Cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Now it’s the baby peas turn. In the pan they go, move them around, season with salt and crack pepper.  If the pan seems a bit dry you can add the ¼ cup of water/stock (if needed). Cover, lower the heat to low and simmer for about 3-4 more minutes - I like my peas a bit “al dente” (not mushy) so after the time is up, I taste them, if peas are done, remove from heat and serve.

Yummy, Oozy Club Sandwich

You know those days? The ones that are so hard, that all you want to do is have a do over and block it from your mind.

Yesterday was one of those days.

So, when I got home, I was glad that the boyfriend was at his mother’s house and the only person to feed was me. But, there was a problem. There was nothing in the refrigerator and we were out of milk, so the bowl of cereal was out.

Then I saw the eggs, and I knew I had a bag of baby spinach in there, somewhere and when I checked the cheese box? SCORE! There was ham in there too!

So it was time for a Club Sandwich.

This version is quick, satisfying and the end product is delicious.

Any type of sandwich bread (I use Potato bread)
1 tablespoon Mayonnaise (or enough to cover both side of the bread)
1 teaspoon Ketchup
1 teaspoon Mustard
1-3 slices of Ham
1 Tomato cut into round slices
1-3 leaves of Lettuce (or in my case) spinach leaves
1 Egg, fried
1-3 of slices of Cheese, I used Havarti, but any cheese will do.
1 teaspoon of Butter (to fry your egg on and toast the bread)

And we start with putting a bit of butter to melt in a sauce pan at medium heat, when hot, crack the egg, add a bit of salt and pepper and fried until done. NOTE: I like my yolk soft/runny, because this sandwich whole existence is to dip it in the oozing yolk when cut in half. When done, put the egg to the side.

Keep the sauce pan on the heat, but bring it down to low

Take the slices of bread and coat both with mayonnaise. Then coast one slice with a bit of ketchup and the other with mustard.

On the ketchup side place the ham, then pile a couple of lettuce/spinach leaves on top. On the mustard side, place the slices of tomato, season with salt and pepper and then the cheese. Place the friend egg on top. Cover with the ham slice of bread.

Coat the outside of both bread with a bit of butter and place in the hot sauce pan on the stove. Toast about 1 minute and flip, until you have it toasted.

Take out, place on plate and cut in half… let the egg ooze out of it and now eat up!