The vegetable market has been my shopping destination these days. There are lots of fresh veggies, but the one I am addicted to is the "Peas (えんどう豆)." When I was a kid, it was one of my jobs to take the peas out of the pods, so that my mother can make 豆ご飯 (rice with peas). And, yes, it was my favorite, too.
I realized that I haven't had 豆ご飯 for such a long time, I decided to make it. Since I don't have a rice cooker here, I had to make it in a pot, but it worked out great. You rinse rice as usual, put water as usual, then put rinsed peas in it, add 1 tbs sake, 1/3 tea spoon salt (sea salt recommended), and a piece of dashi-kobu.
I wonder if it is a sign of luckiness. I found a pod with only one pea :) It was sitting quietly by itself in a pod. It looked like a beautiful green pearl.
Pea has a strong relationship with Brno, as Mendel who studied the inheritance of certain traits in pea plants. His lab is within 5 mins walk from our apartment.