Every so often I am struck by what happens when you apply heat to food. I came across some snap peas in the market today. They are one of Amaya's favorite vegetables so I picked up a bag. As I was cleaning them I tasted one and was momentarily disappointed. It was tough and stringy with a bare hint of sweetness. I hesitated for a moment and then shrugged to myself and continued peeling off strings. I decided to cook them anyway and hope for the best. I seared them off in hot pan with olive oil and salt, and was amply rewarded for my efforts. The peas were crisp and tender with an earthy sweetness that made them a pleasure to eat. It felt like ordinary magic and it definitely brightened my day.