Homemade Split Pea Soup! This is a wonderful recipe, full of flavour and incredibly easy to make with no fuss or effort.
One of our Lovefoodies supporters, Jeananne has kindly shared her own homemade recipe for us to enjoy and says she makes this vegan for Lent, and at other times, will often add ham or smoked sausage. It’s a very inexpensive meal to make, and very flexible too. So you could add other ingredients to suit, such as lentils or perhaps other grated root vegetables, maybe some smoked chicken pieces. really, the sky’s the limit! Here, Jeananne has shared her recipe just how she makes it at home for her family, and it’s certainly made with love.
Jeananne was telling me that there was a reason why she adds parsley in her soup, and this is what she explained, and a very touching meaning behind her cooking. Thank you Jeananne for sharing your story.
” SPRINKLES OF LOVE
When my daughter was about four years old, she started taking an interest in what I was doing in the kitchen. She’d climb up on the kitchen stool and ask me one question after another. I had a spice carousel that she would twirl around and fiddle around with. I saw her pull the stopper out of one of the spice bottles, take a big whiff of it, and then put it back. As she moved through the different spices, she would make a face, ask what it was, and even stick her little finger in it to taste it. She opened the bottle of Parsley and said that it smelled like ‘nothing’. We had a talk about Parsley being one of the spices that you can see after you add it to something, that it was used to add color and make things look pretty. Our conversation turned to all the things we do that make things look pretty…decorating a birthday cake, putting ribbons in our hair, wearing fingernail polish. She thought for a long time and said, “Parsley is just like love, Mommy.”
In years to follow, Julie’s brother, Father and I watched Julie add Parsley to her ramen noodles, her celery stuffed with cream cheese, the deviled eggs, and she would gingerly add it to just about anything I cooked!
She was right! When we have love in our life, things just look different…it makes everything pretty.
I am cooking farfalle with sweet Italian sausage for dinner tonight…I will add the parsley and be grateful for that sweet little girl who taught me so much.
I never used parsley as much as I do now. When I do, I smile and think of her! Julie Denise Medin-Merideth. 21 November 1974~30 May 2001. Julie was a US Army Veteran who lost her battle with Large B Cell Lymphoma. Her only child, Matthew, was six years old. Her brother Jason donated his stem cells to her. This type of a stem cell transplant was fairly new. ”
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 1/2 Hours
Serves: 4 Persons
2 Cups dried split green peas, rinsed well
8 Cups vegetable stock (I make my own)
3 medium finely grated carrots
1 Tablespoon parsley
Cayenne Pepper to taste
Squeeze of Lemon Juice
Salt to taste (optional)
1 pound diced ham or Eckrich Smoked Sausage (optional)
Add all the ingredients to a large saucepan and simply simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Season to taste.
Serve with some warm crusty bread straight from the oven. Delicious!
* I caramelize 3 large onions in olive oil and serve on the side for those that choose to have onions in their soup.
* I prefer to season with cayenne pepper instead of black pepper.
* I prefer to season with lemon juice instead of salt.
A bag of split peas at Aldi is 99 cents which makes this a very inexpensive meal
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