Peas with Lettuce

Test the peas occasionally for taste and tenderness. I often add chopped spring onions to this receipt, but this is optional.


  • 85g/3oz of butter
  • 1.2litre/2pints fresh shelled peas
  • 2 lettuce hearts, tied up with string
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 150ml/¼ pint double cream


Melt the butter in a saucepan, add peas, lettuce hearts, bouquet garni, salt, sugar and water. Simmer with the lid on for 40 minutes. Remove lettuce and strain peas, reserving the liquid. The amount of liquid should be very little but reduce it to about two tablespoonfuls, whisk in the cream and pour over peas. Cut lettuce hearts into quarters and place on the peas.