Soft vibrant peas that are great served with fish, pies and many other dishes
Rinse the dried peas to remove any foreign matter.
Place in a heatproof bowl and add two teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda and one teaspoon of salt. Cover with boiling water (this will go frothy).
Stand preferably overnight or for at least four hours.
Rinse the peas under fresh running water until it goes clear.
Place peas in a pot with fresh water one teaspoon of salt and about two to three teaspoons of sugar.
Very gently simmer for about two hours stirring occasionally to stop peas sticking to the bottom
Serve at a consistence of very lumpy soup or indeed a consistency you prefer, they are better a little thicker when served with fish.
If you need to reheat them you may have to add a little water.
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