Petits Pois a la Francaise

I learned this one from one of Nigella Lawson’s cookbooks, and for me, it’s something to make when I have left over lettuce.

It’s pretty easy, and a nice savoury change to just plain steamed vegetables (which we do a lot of). This makes enough for two people, as a side.


2 tsp macadamia oil (it’s buttery in flavour which works well)

1 shallot, sliced thinly

about 2 cups of lettuce leaves, any kind, and shredded (quantity doesn’t really matter if you’re just using up what you have, but I would avoid using a whole head of lettuce for a serving for two people)

1 cup (or thereabouts) of baby peas (just frozen, and baby peas are best, which is why it’s called “petits pois”)

1 chicken-style stock cube (Massel are vegan)

1 cup water


Sauté the shallots in the macadamia oil until softened and then add the shredded lettuce and sauté until it is wilted right down.



Add the peas and the stock cube and water, and bring to a gentle simmer. Nigella calls for the simmer to be so long that the peas lose their bright green colour, and I don’t do it that long. I prefer to simmer just for a minute so the peas are heated through but still bright green.


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