10 ways with peas

When did the glorious pea become a mushy afterthought? Here, the quick-cooking sweet green staple takes centre stage

1. French
Mix shredded bibb lettuce into hot cooked peas with chopped fresh or dried tarragon and toasted hazelnuts.

2. Asian
Give hot cooked peas a generous coating of soy sauce, a dab of hot chili-garlic sauce and grated fresh ginger. Toss in sprigs of cilantro.

3. Cheesy
Crumble blue cheese over hot cooked peas. Scatter with toasted walnuts or almond slivers.

4. Curried
Sauté onions in butter, then dab with a little curry paste or sprinkle of curry powder. Stir two minutes. Add hot cooked peas and stir a few minutes to develop flavour. Scatter with chopped cilantro.

5. Mediterranean
Fry garlic in olive oil. Add hot cooked peas. Mix in prosciutto strips and grated Parmesan.

6. Japanese
Drizzle hot cooked peas with teriyaki sauce and a few drops of sesame oil. Then stir in chopped pickled ginger, red onion and sesame seeds.

7. Mexican
When rice is almost cooked, mix in uncooked peas along with finely chopped jalapeno peppers and sweet red pepper, plus a big pinch of ground cumin.

8. German
Cook chopped bacon strips until crisp. Add cooked peas, shredded cabbage and a sprinkle of caraway seeds. Stir-fry until cabbage is wilted.

9. Light and creamy
Toss hot cooked peas with just enough plain yogourt to coat them and lots of chopped fresh mint.

10. Italian
Add a spoonful or two of pesto and slivers of oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes to cooked peas and mix in.