Carlin Sunday – 2 Carlin Recipes

Carlin Sunday – Carlins

Do you bear in mind Carlin Sunday? Carlins seem to be to have dropped out of favour presently. But when I was a lad in the northeast of England, we made use of to have Carlin peas also identified as Maple peas, Black peas or Pigeon peas after a year on the Sunday prior to Palm Sunday. It was a yearly tradition in a lot of the north and on Carlin Sunday even the regional pubs and clubs would offer bowls of them absolutely free for their consumers.

These small black peas have been talked about in Elizabethan periods, and in all chance carlins would have been grown by monks of the early Center Ages, in the monastery gardens. In these days beans and peas have been a massive element of the staple diet program. The 6-foot large crops make abundant crops and can be eaten when clean, or dried for use in the winter months.

There was even a rhyme that talked about them.

Tid, Mid, Miserai

Carlin, Palm, Paste egg working day.

We shall have a getaway,

bonny frocks on Easter working day.

Carlins according to an aged tale even rescued the very good citizens of Newcastle upon Tyne from hunger throughout the English civil war. In these days Newcastle was a Royalist town in assistance of King Charles and a Scottish military crossed the border and swept south intent on capturing Newcastle and securing the coal provides on behalf of their allies the parliamentarians. Newcastle even so was no uncomplicated nut to crack and the town was set under siege. The siege of 1644 lasted from July till October and at one particular stage the provides ran out and the individuals have been starving. Just when detail have been at their worst a Dutch ship saved them by evading the blockade and achieving the port with its cargo of carlings.

My mother made use of to provide the peas sizzling, sprinkle with salt and pepper and we would insert a very good slosh of vinegar prior to devouring them with gusto.


1lb Carlins

2 oz butter

A very good pinch of salt



Location the Carlins in a bowl, cover with water, insert pinch of salt and soak overnight.

After soaking, drain and spot in a pan of boiling water for 20 minutes. (Boil for extended if you like them softer)

Heat up the butter in a frying pan, drain peas, insert to the pan and fry for 2 to 3 minutes.

Provide sizzling with salt, pepper and vinegar.

Or if you want you can provide them sizzling, sprinkled with brown sugar and a very good splash of rum.

The pursuing carlin recipe has absolutely nothing in any way to do with my mum, but I noticed it on an Web web-site belonging to the ‘Irish Seed Savers Association’ and I thought it would be appealing to try. The recipe was despatched in to the web-site by Lorraine Marshall and I have reproduced it below.

Carlin Pea Fritters

4ozs Dried full Carlin peas

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

1 egg

2ozs self-elevating wholewheat flour

1/8 pt(75ml) milk ( I use soya milk)

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

oil for shallow frying

Address peas with boiling water and depart them to soak for a number of several hours, then drain and rinse them. Set into a saucepan with much more water and simmer till they’re comfortable- about 45 mins.

Drain them and mash them (I uncover that the carlin peas cook inconsistently some are continue to hardish, so I get my partner to mash them with a fork!).

Add oil, egg, flour and milk plus salt and pepper, combine effectively.

Fry in a very little oil in desert spoonful measurements till crisp and brown on both of those sides. Drain effectively on kitchen paper.

Copyright Fred watson February 2008

Source by Fred Watson

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