NY Times Asks, Give Peas A Chance (In Guacamole), Internet Balks, Saying ‘Brother, Peas?’ (TWEETS)


Parents have always been trying to find different ways to get kids to eat vegetables.  In a recent cooking edition of the New York Times, the concept of adding peas to guacamole was introduced, saying “the peas add intense sweetness and a chunky texture to the dip, making it more substantial on the chip. They also intensify the color of the green avocado — and help the guacamole stay that way.”

The internet has responded.  It did not peas, or please, them.  This marriage is still in question.

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It’s hard to find a subject where both President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush agree so vehemently on a subject. During a Twitter chat, Obama praised the classic above all else saying, “respect the nyt, but not buying peas in guac. onions, garlic, hot peppers. classic.”

Perhaps he should’ve consulted Michelle Obama before tweeting.  She might have found it a healthy alternative.

Bush, for his opinion, was more succinct saying, “You don’t put peas in guacamole.”

Points made, grammar notwithstanding.  However, Sam Sifton, food editor for the New York Times, was confident in the addition.  He went to Twitter to respond.

Some proponents of the new recipe went to Yelp to voice their satisfaction for the recipe, which partially originated at the ABC Cocina.

“The fresh sweetness of the peas, the nuttiness of the sunflower seeds, and the heat of the classic guacamole ingredients was refreshing,” Megan Willet, a writer for the Business Insider, wrote.

“The guacamole was seriously one of the best I’ve ever tasted,” wrote one diner.

A couple of other tweeters had better things to think about.

Tim Carmody tweeted, “All this anger about peas in guacamole is just distracting us from real issues like oxford commas, shorts on men, & the pronunciation of GIF.”

Actor Wil Wheaton tweeted, “Peas in guacamole?! We fought two world wars and invented a space program so we could have this world? WTF.”

One tweeter took a Jeff Goldblum/Ian Malcolm attitude towards the whole thing.  Carrie Raisler tweeted, “Just because adding peas to your guacamole doesn’t taste bad, doesn’t mean you should do it. Have some respect for yourselves.”

It’s so not far-fetched to add peas to guacamole, even if the combination sounds weird.  Bakers add avocados to brownie mixes to add body and volume while removing some of the fat from the recipe.  They also add sour cream or mayonnaise to chocolate cakes for a moister, fluffier creation.  Many people put slices of mild cheddar cheese on pieces of hot apple pie for a special treat.  Some even put peanut butter on a hot dog (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it).  So, peas may have a spot in this ever-expanding food alchemy.

Perhaps it was ABC Cocina owner, chef Jean-George Vongerichten, who tweeted it best.

“#peas, love and guacamole,” Vongerichten tweeted.


Featured image via Twitter/nytimes

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