I’ve been craving snow peas since I saw a recipe for them on Simply Recipes about a week ago. At the time they were nowhere to be found in this neck of the woods and I was sure I’d have to settle for sugar snap peas instead. It wouldn’t be the same as those sweet, crisp snow peas I was after, but they would have to do… Or so I thought.
Thank goodness for the MegaMart.
I made a quick run yesterday to pick up a lamp for better low light photography, and figured I’d grab some cilantro and green onions (scallions, spring onions or whatever you happen to call them) while I was there. Low and behold, right next to the tofu sat several luscious little packages of snow peas. (I guess in Texas they’re considered a health food… Who knew?)
I had to have them, I couldn’t help myself. So with two packages in the cart, I headed for the checkout and home to cook ’em up.
Perhaps it’s foolish that I’ve been obsessing over these little pods. I know it seems strange to me. The real reason that I wanted some is simple. Before last night it had been several months since I stir-fried anything and the urge for veggies that were neither steamed, boiled, baked or poached had been getting pretty strong.
This is a very simple and incredibly flavorful recipe, and one I hope that you’ll enjoy.
- 8 ounces (two good handfuls) snow peas
- 1/2 cup whole almonds
- 2 Tablespoons roasted sesame oil
- Heat sesame oil in wok or heavy skillet over high heat until oil shimmers. Add almonds, stirring continuously until well toasted. Add snow peas (if frozen, thaw and pat dry first!), continue stirring rapidly until crisp-tender. Serve immediately, with a drizzle of sesame oil over the top if desired.
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
I would have added a few sesame seeds. In fact, I was going to, but I haven’t cleaned out the spice cabinet yet and couldn’t find them behind or among all of the other junk I have in there.
Sigh… I need to get to that sometime this week
As an aside. In the photo the peas look a bit greasy. They weren’t. That’s just a little drizzle of sesame oil for some serious sesame flavor.