The best thing about peas and pods is hulling them – it’s a lovely job to do with friends. The next best thing is eating them. Podded vegetables always add a lovely colour to the table and they can be cooked in so many ways. If you’re in a dilemma over whether to buy fresh peas or frozen ones then, unless you know the fresh ones are less than a day old, I’d recommend you buy frozen – they’ll be sweeter, as they’re generally frozen within hours of being picked.
Peas and pods deserve so much more than simple boiling. Try the imaginative treatments I suggest here. All will serve 4 as a side dish.