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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!
Dec. 16, 2011 3:56 am
Awww... split pea soup! I havn't made that in years. Guess I gotta now. and allspice... really?
Dec. 16, 2011 8:47 am
Thats what I thought, Terry... REALLY? Sure was yum, and will be again for lucnh today! Be well!
Dec. 16, 2011 10:43 am
I've never seen a recipe with allspice. I might have to try it.
Dec. 16, 2011 10:57 am
Amanda, you're right, others that I looked at called for oregano or margaram or the like... Be well, and enjoy!
Dec. 16, 2011 3:09 pm
what I found out besides some recipes for this soup. "Habitant" is also a company owned by Campbell's soups In canada, they do make other soups beside "french Canadian pea soup" I had never heard of them before I looked this up
Dec. 16, 2011 3:16 pm
Interesting, King, amazing what you can learn when you take a few moments to research! I had read that it was Canadian, but not that Campbell's was involved... THANKS! Be well, friend!
Dec. 16, 2011 5:21 pm
I found a pound bag of split pea in my storage so I am going to have ham tomorrow and then make split pea soup the next day.
Dec. 16, 2011 6:46 pm
sounds like a plan to me, King... I've still a bit left for lunch tomorrow! Mighty tastey! Be well!
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Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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