Peas with Marjoram

June 18th, 2009  | Category: Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Peas with marjoram… Simple, seasonal and delicious. First in a series of dishes Baking Fairy and I cooked together.

I must have mentioned her here before. She is one of my closest friends. And the one living the farthest. A few years back, she fell in love with Costa Rica, left her job in California in the blink of an eye, bought a rundown cafe in Montezuma and moved there.  She worked hard and built a new cafe from the ground up: Organico. She serves delicious vegetarian dishes like beet burgers, lasagna with plantains, scrambled tofu with curry and grilled pineapples. Plus, almost everything in her menu is topped with avocados, which are falling off her tree in her back yard as I write this.

She’s back in Istanbul for a couple of months. We spent a full day with her cooking, eating and reminiscing old times.

She saw a photo of this dish in my Flickr stream a while ago and loved it. Blanched peas tossed with chopped marjoram heated briefly in extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.


Peas are in season, so they are super sweet nowadays. Steaming or boiling them briefly and serving them with salt is all they need, but a fragrant herb like marjoram adds a whole new dimension of flavor.

They are just as delicious when served cold or at room temperature, so if you’re looking for an easy-to-prepare side dish for a summer BBQ, this is it. Actually, this looks great, too. And this.

Another tasty vegan treat is on its way, so stay tuned.


2-4 servings


  • 1lb fresh peas, pods removed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh marjoram, chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the podded peas.
  2. Cook for 10 minutes, then drain and transfer to a bowl of iced water to cool.
  3. When the peas are cool, drain and let dry completely.
  4. In a small pot, heat olive oil, add the chopped marjoram, take off from heat and let infuse for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the peas and heat through. Sprinkle with sea salt and serve.
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  1. 1 - Elian Tackeff on June 19th, 2009

    Hi Cenk,
    The picture of Ozlem is just so alive and amazing. She must be such a fun person! I love the shot of the marjoram. And those peas, I want to go and buy peas and marjoram so I can make that dish!

  2. 2 - Soma on June 19th, 2009

    A Simply Delicious Dish. Your Friend is absolutely gorgeous – a picture of free spirit.

  3. 3 - Manggy on June 19th, 2009

    I love your shots as usual Cenk– marjoram has never looked more beautiful 🙂 Is it wrong I always want a pat of butter on my peas? Ha ha ha!

  4. 4 - Cenk on June 19th, 2009

    Manggy – I love butter, too! I also tried this dish with butter, but I think a fruity olive oil works much better.

  5. 5 - Dudegr on June 22nd, 2009

    Cenk this sounds lovely! I usually drop a couple of peeled garlic cloves in a glass bottle filled with extra virgin olive oil. After one week this thing is heavenly, yet mild. I am thinking of using part of the peas as you describe and part with my aromatic oil. Will let you know of the outcome

  6. 6 - Kathleen on June 23rd, 2009

    Yum! I think that’ll be on my dinner table tomorrow evening…and I look forward to more vegan recipes!

  7. 7 - maria on June 24th, 2009

    I love your praise and recognition for Ozlem. I admire her courage, and her profound conviction on natural, oganic food. She is truly a great human being.
    Love her raw ice creams !!!
    Great job,sweetie

  8. 8 - Arwen from Hoglet K on June 25th, 2009

    That looks so fresh and green. I’ll have to get some marjoram from my sister’s garden and try this one.

  9. 9 - Dragon on June 28th, 2009

    I can’t wait to try this. Normally I like mint with my peas but marjoram sounds great.

  10. 10 - Mrs Ergül on June 30th, 2009

    This looks real apt for summer too!

  11. 11 - keiko on July 15th, 2009

    Cenk – I’ve just harvested my peas and enjoyed them, I totally agree that preparing them simple is the best way. I picked some oregano and mint to go with it as I didn’t have any marjoram 🙂 Isn’t summer lovely enough just to enjoy those fresh fruit and veg…

    Beautiful picture of Ozlem – glad you had a lovely time. It reminds me of the wonderful time I had with you both, please send her my best wishes.

    Hope all is well, take care. kxx

  12. 12 - Cenk on July 16th, 2009

    Hi Keiko – So good to hear from you. I will pass along your wishes. I’ll check out your blog now to see what you’ve been cooking. Cheers.

  13. 13 - Daniela Restrepo on July 24th, 2009

    Is the humble pea finally receiving the recognition that it deserves?

    Can I come out of the closet as a pea lover?

  14. 14 - My Hotel Life on July 26th, 2009

    This looks fantastic for it’s simplicity. It also helps that the photo composition is quite striking.

  15. 15 - allison white on March 15th, 2013

    Thanks for the great info! I read in a book, Health On Your Plate, that you should eat peas with rice for complete protein! keep up the great posts!

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