Piglove and Fozziemum are hosting Shopping Around the World and the recipe this month is a dish mom is known for. So it’s time for me to don my Chef’s cap and get mom to assist me.
I’m dressed to attack our special dish.
Mom is known for her Split Pea Soup. No, she’s not French-Canadian but she loves this cold weather soup.
INGREDIENTS for Day 1,
1 smoked pork hock…..$11.25 for a big smoked pork hock. Size does matter. The bigger and meatier the smoked pork hock, the tastier the pea soup. You’ll need 8 cups of water also.
DIRECTIONS for day 1
Alright, grab your crock pot and utensils. Our crock pot has a 10 cup capacity with room to spare. Two of me could comfortably sit in the crock pot. Although mom doesn’t want me to show you, something about furry soup. Anyway, fill the crock pot with 8 cups of water and throw your smoked pork hock in the pot. . The first thing you want to do is cook your smoked pork hock. A pork hock is very fatty with pockets of meat. You want to cook the crock out of the smoked pork hock. Turn the crock pot on low for 12 hours. The meat should be falling apart when ready. Put the whole hock in a bowl to cool. Put the broth in a separate bowl to cool. You will leave the broth overnight in the fridge so the fat rises to the surface and solidifies.. Mom leaves the bowl with the smoked pork hock overnight too as she’s seen enough of it for the day.
Today you will finish making your soup and can have it for supper.
1 and 1/4 cups dried split peas….$0.75
1 cup dried whole peas……$0.70
1/4 cup green lentils……$.35
few celery leaves
2 russet or old potatoes…..$1.50
Pull that bowl of broth out of the fridge and skim off most of the fat on top. The fat has solidified so it is easy to remove. Keep some of the fat as it has a lot of flavour. The broth is like jelly. Put the broth in the cleaned crock pot. Turn the crock pot on to low. As the broth warms it will liquefy.
Chop the onion small for soups. Throw in your onions, celery leaves,
split peas, whole peas and lentils. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Check crock pot and stir occasionally throughout the day. You will see in the soup there is green onion that needed to be used and celery slices that also needed to be used. Celery is delicious in the soup and the green onion just added a wee bit more flavor. How about some Silvervine Shoko? The soup would have quite the kick. Sounds ghastly Kali. The Silvervine would be ruined by the pea soup. We’re best to have the Silvervine straight up.
After the crock pot has simmered for about 5 hours add the 2 cut up potatoes. The potatoes should be cut to slightly bigger than mouth sized as they break up in the soup.
Next, get your cooked smoked pork hock out of the fridge and peel all the fat off the meat and rip the meat into small pieces or the size of meat you want. There is a lot of wasted fat in with the meat. Once you’ve pulled the meat apart, throw the meat into your soup. I add some thyme for flavour, about 1/2 teaspoon. This is not necessary. Let the soup cook for another 2 hours to soften the potatoes.
You are finished making your soup. We freeze some of the Split Pea Soup. However, we don’t freeze the potatoes in the soup as they go mushy. Your finished recipe. Unfortunately mom and dad got all excited and ate a bowl before taking the picture so it looks like a herd of buffalo were slopping up the soup. MOL They went back for more so it must be good.
May your sandwich holla at your Pea Soup, “Lettuce get together some thyme.”