April 2011 Desktop Calendar

April 2011 Desktop Calendar

At the beginning of every month, I am offering C&Z readers a new wallpaper to apply on the desktop of your computer, with a food-related picture and a calendar of the current month.

Our calendar for April is a picture of peas in their pod. I’ve written before about the pleasures of fresh peas, and I am excitedly awaiting the first specimens of the season this month.

I like my peas simply steamed, especially as a side to a roasted duck fillet, in a quick bowl of fregola sarda, or in the peacamole I’ve written about here. As for the pods, they will certainly not get tossed, but rather turned into a chilled pea pod soup. What about you, what do you like to do with your peas?

Instructions to get your calendar are below.

Here’s how it works:

1- This link will open a new window (or tab) displaying the right wallpaper image for your screen.

2- Right-click (or ctrl-click for some Mac users) on the image, and chose the option that says, “Set as Desktop Background”, “Use as Desktop Picture,” or something to that effect — the exact wording will depend on the browser you use.

3- If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference screen (on a Mac: System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop; on Windows: Control Panel > Display > Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image.

4- Enjoy!

[Note: Readers of this blog live all around the globe, and I am unable to provide localized versions of the desktop calendar at this point. This is why I’ve opted for the international standard, by which a large majority of countries abide, and which states that Monday is the first day of the week.]

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  • Awww! Those green peas are adorable – and look delicious too – this should be the month of the pea – it is spring after all

  • OMG, I love this, especially since I was too lazy to buy a calendar. Thanks so much!

  • Such a cute idea! I never change my wall paper, but I’m going to now!


  • Liz Thomas

    This is absolutely the best calendar yet. Fantastic photograph, you are very clever!

  • It’s funny. I immediately thought of the expression “like peas in a pod”. Unfortunately for me, the expression is actually “like *two* peas in a pod” for things/people who are alike.

    Thanks again for the Desktop Calendar.

    • I love that expression — so poetic.

  • How about mushy peas? Delicious with home made fish and chips! Boil the peas as per normal, then mash with a bit of crème fraîche and fresh mint leaves. Très bon.

  • I love this one! Thanks!

  • Love it! Thanks for sharing! ♥

  • Madonna

    Beautiful photo, Clotilde. I love peas. Not the squishy, flavorless canned things from my childhood, but beautiful sweet fresh peas. I’m growing them for the first time this year, and they’ve just started to poke through the soil.

    My favorite way to prepare peas is with lettuce, butter, spring onions, and fresh herbs (preferably mint). In fact, I plan to have them tomorrow night along with roasted duck legs.

    I know the dish will be even better when the ingredients are picked from my garden a few minutes before cooking. In the meantime, fresh from the grocery will have to do.

  • Many thanks for these beautiful calendars! I look forward to each one.

  • Liz Thomas

    Angela, your “Mushy Peas” sound really delicious but I think it would be too delicate with traditional fish and chips, if that’s what you mean by fish and chips.

    In the UK mushy peas are always made with dried marrowfat peas that come (or used to anyway) in a cylindric cardboard container and had a sachet of something like baking soda which you used to cook them with after soaking. Fish and chip shops always sold mushy peas and people who couldn’t afford the peas themselves would ask for a portion of “peas water” — the liquid in which they were cooked — to be poured over their fish.

    That said, I have made a note of your recipe and think that it would be delicious with scallops — many thanks for the idea.


    • Fascinating, Liz, I didn’t know about that at all. I love the idea of peas water.

  • Absolutely love the new wallpaper, thanks. It has brightened up my screen and I am such a planner so its great having the month displayed.

    Much appreciated xx

  • Fresh green peas are great for soups, stir-fried vegetables, side dish with turkey, and as a topping on salads. When pureed they make a very healthy food for babies and for senior citizens. Nice post, thank you for sharing.

  • Thanks again for a nice photo calendar

  • I love the idea of making a calandar… and even more with my favorite petit poids! :-)
    Very nice!

  • Fresh peas are such a delight. I grew them for the first time last summer but they never got as far as the kitchen. I ate them pods-and-all straight off the plant.

    Pea shoots are great as well; very easy to grow – even on a windowsill. Just sew dried peas in a 15cm deep pot or box.

    • That’s great to know, Tamsin, thank you! I’ll have to give that a try on my window sills.

  • Mary

    Beautiful for the Spring! You always brighten up my computer…thanks :)

  • I love your calendars! I look forward to it every month just so I have something gorgeous and delicious to look at at work! Thanks!

    • Thanks Candice, that’s lovely to hear!

  • Every beginning of month I am waiting for your calender..Thank you.It is a nice one again!

  • JF

    Been waiting, but have not seen a calendar for May…

    • The May calendar was published on May 1, you’ll find it here. If you like, you can subscribe to the newsletter and be notified each month.

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