Peas and mint cappucino

A light and fresh, healthy summer soup. I serve it as a starter in a small glass, but it can also served as part of a summer buffet in individual portions. It is eaten cold, but if course, nothing wrong with it being served warm. Like all soups, it is so diverse in it’s use and depends entirely upon the desires of the cook/host. If you want a riche, heartier soup, use cream instead of milk. I enjoy the natural sweetness of the peas with the freshness of garden mint. You might like to use sorrel in the place of the mint, or spinach with marjoram and pine nuts in the place of pistachios…be creative, play around with fresh ingredients, keep it simple and keep it healthy.

Peas and mint cappucino


  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 250 g of shelled fresh peas or fozen peas
  • about 12 mint leaves
  • 2 cups of water
  • an organic vegetable stock cube
  • 2% milk or cream
  • a few pistachio nuts, shelled
  • lemon juice to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Sauté the shallot in some olive oil until transparent, don’t brown it.
  2. Add the peas, add the stock, made from the water and vegetable stock cube.
  3. Bring to the boil and sommer over gentle heat for about 10 minutes. Add the mint leaves and simmer another minute or two.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool down a bit. Mix in a blender until smooth. If you really want a velouté, you can pass through a sieve.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, some lemon juice to taste.
  6. Add some milk or cream if you want a thinner soup.
  7. Leave aside to cool down and refigerate if you want to serve it cold. I can be reheated at a low heat if you want to serve it warm.
  8. Serve in a small glass and top with a scoop of milk froth: Use a whisk, or milk frother or even the frother of your coffee machine to make the froth. The milk froth can be substituted for whipped cream for a richer version.
  9. Sprinkle some ground pistacho nuts over the froth topping, along with a touch of freshly ground pepper and decorate finally with a small mint leaf.
  10. Serve with toast triangles.



–>Bonjour Ronell,
I’m Susan. I tagged Jeanne then noticed that she tagged you. Just wanted to say hi and let you know I really like your blog. The addition of pistachios in your pea soup really takes it to the next level.

Posté par Food Blogga, 27-07-2007 à 23:25

Being tagged

I was tagged by Jeanne, from Cook Sister for a meme.

I always find it so hard to do a meme, trying to find some interesting things to say about myself. Fact is, what I may think interesting, is so ordinary and downright boring to someone else.

I find this one an easier meme to do. Simply answering some questions. And it doesn’t even have to be exciting or interesting.

 Ten years ago I was still living in Suffolk, England, after relocating there from SA, following my husband’s career. An interesting time, difficult, testing, scary, lonely and exhilarating all at the same time.


I enjoy snacking on a tomato sandwich, salty crisps, all fruit, ice cream and the BIG one…chocolate!


  • Songs I can join in singing are Moonshadow from Cat Stevens; Woman in love from barbara Streisand; Ship to shore from Chris de burgh; and I got a girl from Lou Bega.
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  • If I were a millionaire, I would have had no clue as to how to handle it; I would have had my own jet and pilot; I would have had a house in every hemisphere, wherever the sun was; I would’ve never run out of chocolate; I would’ve seen to it that watermelon would always be in season.
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  • Five of my long list of bad habits are being impulsive to the point of selfdestruction; seeing the cup half empty, letting emotions dictate my life; overdramatizing; procrastinating.
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  • I like to sit in a streetcafe, sip a coffee and watch people go by; to make up stories about the people going by; to run around like a mad thing on the tennis court; to laugh out loud; and to smell perfumes in the perfumerie.
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  • I would never again wear high heels; eyeshadow; nylon blouses; red nail polish or dresses with the zip at the back( in reality much less romantic than in a movie).
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  • I enjoy playing with pretty tableware; complicated puzzles with many pieces; my art brush; words and my ever present camera.
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    I have to find 5 other people to tag, which is proving to be difficult, since I’m still very much the “new kid on the block”…I hope to have some names soon…

    If you read here and haven’t been tagged before or would like to be tagged or even know of someone I could tag, please help me out, I’d appreciate it!