September 3rd, 2008

Postbox Fairy

Cookery question

If a recipe calls for "450g of fresh peas, shelled" would you interpret that as the weight before or after shelling?

Edit: I went with the pre-shelled weight in the end, and it seemed okay - it could have coped with more peas, but probably not as many as there would have been if I'd used 450g post-shelling.

For the curious, the recipe was for a pasta dish involving spaghetti, cream, pecorino cheese and fresh peas. It was labelled as 'paglia e fieno' although googling this suggests the dish going under this name more commonly includes ham and mushrooms as well, which I can see working very well, upping the interest and 'savouriness' of the dish.