Last month I made the mistake of thinking "mushy peas" sounded funny, and was roundly set straight by my British blogger friends! In fact, I have learned that mushy peas are not only vegan (despite being made from something called ‘marrowfat peas’) but also a delicious and traditional staple served with fish and chips. Jeni Treehugger has even offered to send me some! An internet search confirms that people around the world love them, so now of course I want to try them… I was grateful for the offer, but thought I’d be able to find some here. After all, we have many stores with imported food. It should be a snap, right? My first stop was Woodman’s, which sells ethnic foods of all kinds. I already knew for a fact they carried treacle, and on the day I visited I also found some kind of pudding called Spotted Dick, which I hesitate to impugn just in case it might be a)delicious and b) vegan…. but at least I know where to find it, which is more than I can say for musy peas at this point. Woodman’s didn’t have it and neither, so far, has Copp’s. I’m going to keep looking, though! I’ve also found some recipes online in case I find some marrowfat peas.
This long story is all an introduction to today’s post about what we had for dinner. Today it is the weekend, high school graduation, AND the Mount Horeb Frolic (complete with midway and games… the parade is tomorrow). So of course it is fifty degrees, windy and raining! Very un-June-like! This led us to make a large pot of split pea soup, which is the closest I’ll probably be to eating mushy peas this week…. we ate a whole lot of it because it is so cold in the house. Of course we have already turned the furnace off!
Today I also joined the health club where Roya works. I’m still wondering whether it was a good idea – that is, will I go enough to make it worthwhile? According to Wisconsin law I have three days to back out of it. However, I WANT to be more fit, so I will try! After joining and paying, I came home and took a 3-mile walk in the rain. Hmmm…. what was wrong with THAT picture? I could have been running on a treadmill in a nice, warm facility with the TV on…. but I like it outdoors, I guess.