Sunday, June 27, 2010
Split Pea Soup!
First up, I did a recipe page!  I was tired of blogger not letting me get to my older recipes, so I made a page and the link at the bottom is ALL RECIPES!  We will see if that helps me out.  It was easier (for now) than moving my site.  I am already on it this morning...I have my gluten free angel food cake in the oven to take to a friends house!  I will also be making 7 minute icing to go with it!  They had a baby a couple of months ago and I can't wait to get me some baby lovin' today!

Well, we ventured out for a little while yesterday.  We all had a few things we needed.  Me, I needed Lentil Chips and Falafel Chips that I did not get because they weren't at the store they were supposed to be at.  The illustrator needed gluten free oats and some fresh air.  The boys...well, they had to suffer with our needs! It was so hot!  We all needed to grab some cold beverages from the natural food store to quench out thirst!

I had a Honey Suckle White Tea!  So refreshing!  It tasted a little like cantaloupe. Which I had missed my snack so it was a good substitute!
The illustrator and Max enjoyed cream soda.  This tasted like marshmallows to me!  Tasty, but really sweet!

Jay got an apple juice.  He does not do soda at all, actually, none of us drink it, but this was a treat (the cream soda, not the apple juice)!  Everything in moderation, right?!
Now, let me give you some hot soup on a hot day!  Truth be told, I made this a week ago when it was rainy and overcast.  No, this is not baby food, although I would agree that it looks like it.  This was my first taste of split pea soup, so I can't guarantee that it is a traditional recipe by any means.  To be totally honest, I was kind of afraid to make this.  For the record, I do not like peas.  It's a childhood thing that has more to do with canned peas, but all peas kinda get the shaft due to the trauma.  So, with lots of prodding from the illustrator to just do it...I decided to use my lentil stew as the base.
So, I totally fell in love with this!  Why did no one tell me this would be so good?  Now, I don't do pureed soups unless we are talking tomato and even still, I put chunks of tomato in it.  So, I left this one chunky style.  I loved the contrast in textures!  I let it cook a little longer than I would other soups so that I wouldn't have to puree anything and it would be more of a thick stew.  I am already craving it!  We ate the whole pot in 1 1/2 days.  Even the kid next door asked for seconds! That should mean something!

Split Pea Soup
(makes 11 cups)

16 oz. bag split peas (picked and rinsed)
2 cups diced onions
3 cloves garlic (peeled and diced)
3 cups carrots (peeled and sliced)
3 cups potatoes (peeled and diced)
8 cups Not Chicken Broth
fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup water

In a large pot, cook the onions and garlic in a little bit of water until translucent.  Place everything through the pepper in the pot, cover and bring to a boil.  Simmer 30-45 minutes stirring occasionally.  If you want it firmer, go with 30.  I cooked it 45 since "others" here like there beans cooked to mush.  Add the salt and the other cup of water if you want more liquid.

A little aside on the veggies and baby food.  My mom always told me that as a baby, when she would feed me baby food (both the veggies and the meet) she swears that I could separate it out and I would spit the meat out and eat the veggies.  Up until a few years ago, my grandmother still had the stained wallpaper from my picky eating in her kitchen.

Do you have a food that you didn't think you would like, but when you tried it you discovered that you loved it?

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 8:00 AM  
  • At June 27, 2010 at 8:08 AM, Blogger Megan D said…

    Can't wait to peruse all your recipes!! I love split pea soup. One thing I used to think I hated was melon, but now it's my favorite fruit of all time! Go figure =P

  • At June 27, 2010 at 8:13 AM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    That soup looks delicious!

    I'm excited about the new recipe page!!!

  • At June 27, 2010 at 8:47 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    The cake looks good... mmmm!

    I had quite a few things when I was younger that I wouldn't touch but I'm obsessed with now- avocado, asparagus, broccoli, hummus... the list goes on! :p

  • At June 27, 2010 at 10:24 AM, Anonymous Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said…

    I would love to try split pea soup but Keith hates peas and he would totally gag if I ever made it! haha! I guess that just means more for me, right? And by looking at yours...he might just have to suck it up! haha!

  • At June 27, 2010 at 11:22 AM, Blogger Kelsey said…

    oh u werent kidding when u commented that u made split pea soup! and boy did that look GOOD!!! ours looked quite similar (which i guess it should considering how theyre both split pea hehe) SO YUMMY!!! <3

  • At June 27, 2010 at 11:35 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    I was so happy to see your recipe post! Can't wait to look through them!

    Have fun with the bebe!

  • At June 27, 2010 at 11:46 AM, OpenID greensandjeans said…

    Split pea soup is one of my very favorite things! This looks so good

  • At June 27, 2010 at 12:16 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    Yeah for the recipe index!!! I always have trouble finding recipes on your blog.

    Seriously? You had never had split pea soup?

  • At June 27, 2010 at 1:59 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    So glad you put all of your recipes together! I can't wait to look through them!! :)

    Your split pea soup sounds wonderful!! It is such a comforting thing to me!! :)

  • At June 27, 2010 at 4:07 PM, Anonymous Jessica (Healthy Exposures) said…

    The recipe page is amazing - I went through them all last night, might have started drooling a bit ;) That was what finally pressed me to change over to wordpress - glad you were able to figure it out, though!

    and i've never had split pea soup either - though i don't mind peas. I agree with you on the canned ones, though :P

    Hope it cooled down for you, today! Enjoy your Sunday :)

  • At June 27, 2010 at 6:24 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    The tea sounds so good. Yum. I discovered I liked beets this winter. I always assumed I hated them. I've never had split pea soup....

  • At June 28, 2010 at 1:15 AM, Blogger Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said…

    brutal mom used to make split pea soup 2-3x/year as a kid. I hated!!! i do mean hated!!! the smell of it so much that I would beg her to warm me so I could do a sleepover at my friends' house to avoid smelling it, let alone tasting it. Omg not my thing girl :)

    Your recipes post. GOOD! You know you can add tabs to your blogger page now. When you go into edit posts, go into edit pages, and create a new page. Recipes. Voila :) Sorry if you already know this!

  • At June 28, 2010 at 11:23 AM, Blogger mimi said…

    I used the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder to figure up the points in the icing and 1 serving was 1 point. ONE POINT!!!!!! Now I have to figure up the angel food cake.

  • At June 28, 2010 at 12:12 PM, OpenID maxinthegym said…

    I just found your blog and I must say your layout is the shiz nit! I am loving it and your blog :)

  • At June 28, 2010 at 3:20 PM, Blogger Christina said…

    honeysuckle tea sounds really good! i wonder if it smells good. haha.

    mmm split pea soup looks good too!

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