Smushed Peas You Say?

Years ago I sat in a pub.  Across the Atlantic from home.

I didn’t know what to order for dinner.  The menu was full of things I’d never had.

The man came to take our order and I told him I wasn’t sure what to have.

He dropped his hands to his side and said I learned that when I travel, I need to try at least one thing I’ve never had before.  And that I would never get at home.  It’s never been a bad decision.

I think of that man every single time I sit in a restaurant in a place I’ve never been.

Today I saw smushed peas on the menu with something I thought looked good.  I wasn’t sure the smushed peas looked good.  But his oft repeated statement played through my head.

When they arrived hot and aromatic it was the first thing I tried.

And discovered that the serving was not large enough.

And it wasn’t a bad decision.


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37 thoughts on “Smushed Peas You Say?

  1. Manuela says:

    I’m currently travelling and now I will go try one thing I haven’t tried before. Thanks!


  2. What a great insight, as he gave you, Colleen 🙂
    This is so usable for all of us. Thank you for sharing.


  3. You can spread them on a sandwich as a snack. Yum!


  4. ivors20 says:

    The spice of life is to try something different, well done Colleen.


  5. Victo Dolore says:

    Smushed peas sounds like something you’d get a retirement home but they are quite yummy. Now if all retirement home food could taste like THAT more people might be more agreeable to going. 😉


  6. markbialczak says:

    It sounds and looks like a better decision than brown gravy on spam for breakfast, MBC, but in the same spirit. Great decision for you!


  7. What a great approach to adventure — am traveling for the next several weeks, to places near and far, and will take this very approach. May well opt for the smushed peas (which I confess sound very enticing!)


  8. That must have been a very tasty decision! 🙂


  9. M. L. Kappa says:

    When I’m traveling I always love to order things which are the speciality of the place I’m in, which I’ve never had before but only read about, and which I’m not likely to have again. For example, in Sicily I had pasta with lemon and pistachios – who would have thought? It was delicious.


  10. goldenbrodie says:

    I adore “mushy peas.” One of the English dinners I make…mushy peas and bangers and mash. Usually an autumn favorite hearty meal.


  11. That was great advice to keep. It’s always fun to try some new local foods ! When in Rome….


  12. Yeah! So glad you tried them


  13. marvel says:

    I should also try something new, instead all the time the same….thanks Colleen for sharing this…


  14. Mrs. P says:

    🤣…don’t you hate it when you try something you like, knowing it will be tough to find it again.


  15. goldenbrodie says:

    They are excellent! Among my green favorite.


  16. Debra says:

    An excellent travel suggestion, Colleen. I hope there was more than just peas smushed to mush! I like very thick split pea soup…maybe something like that?


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