Dec. 15, 2011 8:26 pm
Updated: Dec. 16, 2011 6:46 pm
Today I made "Habitant Soup," which translates into split pea with ham... I'm sure there are a gazillion different recipes, but I used the recipe from my "Fresh Preserving" book, which is mostly canning recipes... but this one sounded good.
Basically, split peas, onion, carrot, water and diced ham. The most important issue is making sure the dried peas are soft by the time you serve. After adding more water twice, and having not pureed any of the peas, I sat down to a hearty bowl of a rather
tastey soup for lunch! Oh, seasoning wise, salt/pepper to taste, a bay leaf, and a dash of allspice, which surprised me! I have enough left for two more lunches, but doubt that any of it will go to waste. Even using ham "lunchmeat" rather than diced ham
(which would have made it sooo much better,) I totally enjoyed it!
According to the info I found on the net, "habitant" refers to those who live in Quebec, where this particular soup is very common and revered.
My good friend Denise wouldn't eat "split pea soup" for many years, as she swears that once it made her sick. 40 years later, she stole a taste out of the pot that her roomate was making, and fell in love with the mingling of flavors! Perhaps she'll help
me eat my leftover?
So, my "next" soup will have to begin with the letter "I." I'm thinking that if I'm going to make it through the entire alphabet by March, I'd best get going! Seems that my choice for "I" is Irish Parsnip, and since I totally LOVE parsnips, it will be a pleasure...
presuming that I can actually find parsnips! One more item to add to the shopping list, I guess!
So, be healthy, be happy, and make soup! With a "touch of crazy," if you think!