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Friday, January 9, 2009

delicious pea soup

Guest Blogger: ChefBliss.com
I found a recipe on a blog (more on that later in the post!) and got to work. I made slight adaptations to fit our eating habits and it was great!

I turned the pot on medium, put in a tablespoon or two of coconut oil and the ham bone (with the ends torn off and tossed in), and let the coconut oil melt while I chopped the vegetables.

Start with one onion, roughly chopped. While that sautees and softens, chop and add in 1 carrot,1 large celery rib and 6 cloves of garlic (bashed more than chopped!), and 20 grinds of freshly ground black pepper. Add enough water to cover. This bone was so large it filled the pot, as well as requiring a large quantity of water.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for one hour. Strain the mixture and make sure to KEEP the stock, as this is the base for your soup. Silly reminder, I know, but I had visions of it going down the drain!

I had a total of 19 cups of stock to which I added: (Adjust based on the amount of stock you have)
2 Tablespoons dried Thyme
10 carrots, a combination of diced and chopped (2 pounds total including the original carrot)
6 cups shredded and diced ham (the remaining ham plus what came off the bone after it was boiled)
20 grinds of freshly ground black pepper
3 Tablespoons diced garlic
20 grinds of dried garlic (you can also just add dried or powdered garlic)
5 celery ribs, chopped
2 pounds dried peas (I began with the ratio of a half pound per 5 cups of stock, but added in two cups the next day to thicken it some more.)

Stir everything together, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook slowly for about 45 to 60 minutes. The beauty of this soup is that just when you think you've got some runny soup it all comes together. And it's even better the next day!

Wait until it's (almost) done to add salt and only if needed. Delicious! You can adapt the ingredients up or down, depending on the size of your ham bone and the amount of stock you have.

This pea soup recipe was adapted from Sue at Time in the Kitchen's blog post, Hordes of Split Pea Soup. I was excited when I found the recipe, and we are really enjoying the soup! The whole family gives it a big thumbs up! We are thrilled to present our first Food Love Blog Award to Time in the Kitchen! I say "we" because the whole family gets to vote!

Enjoy!

1 comment:

Ricardo said...

looks great and is great to see you using other peoples recipe giving them credit and adapting the recipe to make a different version...Is very honourable cheers !!!!