before we get to sesame ginger sugar snap peas, we need to take a moment. a moment to talk about snakes. so, apparently we have snakes in our garden. by “snakes”, i mean, at least one garter snake. and by “garden”, ha, well, i mean the part between where the grass stops and the front of the house starts. also now known as “the snake home”.
how do i know this? well, let me tell you. over the long weekend, my husband and i were working in the yard, mostly the back yard. at one point, i got bored chopping dead branches off the pine tree that is twice as tall as our house in the back yard and went to go find something more interesting to do in the front yard.
i surveyed the mashed up little shrubs by the front door that are on our list of things to get rid of, but decided they seemed like a pain to wrangle into a yard waste bag. instead, i decided to pull out a few tufts of very long weedy-grass stuff, since it would be easier to stuff in the giant paper bag. when i reached down to pull out the grassy stuff from its roots, something small rustled around underneath the dense ground cover that has taken over the “garden”. AND I WAS IMMEDIATELY DONE WITH THE FRONT YARD.
when i returned to the back yard and relayed this harrowing tale to my husband, he responded with, “oh, yeah, i’ve seen that garter snake. the little girl who lives next store saw him too.” UM, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! what kind of monsterhusband doesn’t warn me that our yard is infested (has one) with deadly (harmless) snakes?!? sigh. it’s a good thing said husband is otherwise wonderful…
what do snakes have to do with sesame ginger sugar snap peas you may be wondering? absolutely nothing. and that’s not the only reason i like these sugar snap peas! they are pretty easy and very tasty, which is my ideal balance for vegetable side dishes. minimal effort that yields lots of flavor. bonus points if that flavor is ginger + cilantro (or mint) + scallion. yum. and decidedly snake-free.
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