> << Note 1: soak the peas for at least 4 hrs (or 2 C fresh or frozen/defrosted)
> If you have a microwave, you don't have to do that. Put them in a glass bowl,
> covered with water (as much as you would normally soak them in), microwave on
> high for 15 minutes (I place waxed paper loosely over the bowl to prevent
> spatters) and then set a lid (I use a plate) over the bowl for another 15
> minutes (out of microwave). Then drain (some say beans are less gass producing
> if you pour off the soaking water) and cook as usual.
I don't have a microwave, but when I've forgotten to soak beans overnight I put
them in a pot, cover them with water, bring to a boil, cover and boil for 2
minutes, and then soak for 2 hours. Then, as Laura says, drain and cook as
usual. Not as quick as the microwave, but quicker than 4 hours or overnight.