Inspiring Sugar Snap Side that Leads to Thoughts on Appearance

Happy Summer Days to you all!!

I’m looking for more inspiring vegetable dishes these days, working on the goal of losing weight and becoming healthier. Dale has hit the spot with his recipe for July. You’ll love  the crunchiness of this Sugar Snap Pea side. It’s low glycemic and packed with  nutrition.

Dale’s World:

It is understandable that people would mistake a sugar-snap pea for a snow pea, by appearance only, but as soon as you taste one, the difference is obvious. As the name implies, the sugar-snap is sweet and the snow pea is bitter. There are other differences too. The sugar-snap is voluptuous and the snow pea is flat. The sugar-snap is crisp and sturdy while the snow pea is pliable.

Sugar-snaps are good raw as crudités, in salads or as a snack. They liven up any stir-fry with their color and sweetness. I like them with red bell peppers and onions. Their color as well as shape will always give your plate a good look.

This is another of those recipes where measurements are not very important. You just do it. Three cups of the peas will probably be sufficient for four people but if you like them, use more and add another strip of bacon and another shallot. If you are cooking for one or two use what looks right and you will learn to measure with your eye.

 

You will need:

3 cups of Sugar-snap Peas                    1 Medium Shallot

2 Slices of Bacon                                    Salt

 

         Prepare:

 1. Wash the peas. You don’t have to “string” them or cut off their tops or bottoms.

2. Cut the bacon across the strip to make little batons about ¼ of an inch wide.

3. Remove the dry outer layer as well as the root and stem of the shallot and then mince it.

Shallots and Sugar Snap Peas

Shallots and Sugar Snap Peas

Cook:

 1. Over a medium heat, cook the bacon until it begins to render some of its fat. The bacon will try to stick to the pan. Have your way with it and scrape it off with a spatula

2. Add the minced shallot and cook for 30 seconds, stirring frequently.

3. Add the Sugar-snaps and stir them about. If the bacon does not render enough fat to coat all of the peas, add a teaspoon of olive oil.

4. Turn your heat up to ¾ power (fry) and cook, stirring constantly, for about two minutes.

5. They may get a little color from the high heat, but a little is OK, just keep them moving. They should be tender but still crisp. The bacon and shallot, however, will be nice and crispy.

A colorful side dish

A colorful side dish

Food for Thought:

 Sugar Snap Peas and Snow Peas look alike at first glance. Their appearances deceive. Unless we know deeper things about each of them—their taste, the way they cook, and their crunch (or lack thereof)—we cannot come up with tasty ways to serve them. Not knowing the deeper truth of a vegetable, or fruit, or meat, but only the appearance, will mean inferior cooking.

Our culture is obsessed with appearances. Consider the “Dress for Success” phenomena. The purpose of Dress for Success, as originally stated, was to help a person secure a job. The Idea is that if your clothes looks professional—dark suit, freshly washed hair, no bangles—you give a good first impression, and yes, you have a better chance of landing the job.

But our obsession with appearances leaks into other realms as well. Even if we’re not trying to get a job, we believe others will think better of us if we look attractive, are neatly groomed and well-dressed wherever we go. Women are especially guilty of this. Sometimes we spend hours in front of the mirror trying to make ourselves look better than we are.

Often we fall into the habit of judging others according to whether their clothes are color-coordinated, their hair shampooed and their figure hour-glass or round as a pot-bellied stove.

But appearances are not as important as reality. They can often be deceiving. Sometimes a person is worse than his outer appearance indicates. Sometimes he’s better.

Writers have used the phenomenon of deceptive appearnces to good effect. In the detective TV series Columbo, the detective wears a wrinkled trench coat and acts the fool. Guilty people dismiss him as harmless until he brings his apparently random observations into focus and hits his mark. They are trapped.

In Colleen McCullough’s new novel Bittersweet. Charles, the new hospital superintendent, looks like a dandy. This causes his future wife Kitty to immediately dislike him, when the truth is he’s a person of wisdom and compassion.

Sometimes when we realize a person is not what they appear to be, we are pleasantly surprised. Sometimes we’re disappointed.

One might assume that the young woman who has a perfect figure, wears long earrings and has long bright curly hair is a flirt and a gadabout. But how wonderful it is if she’s one of your water aerobic therapists and you discover she’s loving, full of laughter, compassionate and brightens everyone’s day by occasionally bursting into song.

Politicians typically spend thousands of dollars on creating a good image so they can win votes. They’re voted into office, then, to our dismay, we discover they are frauds.

God wants us to gain freedom from all this confusion by realizing He is more concerned with our hearts than our appearance.

Israel’s first king Saul was very tall with a goodly appearance. At first he was a good king, but then he became prideful and disobedient. As a result, God rejected Saul as king and chose a very young shepherd boy who was short and ruddy in appearance but had a deep love for God. “Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (I Samuel 16: 7b).

And God has a special word for His women: “Your adornment should not be outward—braided hair, putting on gold trinkets or putting on robes; instead it should be the inner personality of the heart with the imperishable qualities of a gentle and quiet spirit, something of surpassing value in God’s sight” (I Peter 3:3-4).

I like the way The Message translates this passage: “What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.”

Paul learned to rejoice in his unsightly appearance so people wouldn’t be drawn to him, but to the power of Christ that moved and spoke through his soul.

I want to remember this when I look in the mirror and am displeased with what I see. I want to live to please you, Lord, instead of living to please man. May my deepest desire be to glorify you, instead of myself.

Lord, help us to spend more time with you, than we do in front of the mirror. And teach us to look at the expression on people’s faces rather than the state of their apparel. Are they sad, ill, worried, or confused? There might be something we can do to help.

 

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