March 5, 2010

Friday Feast: Yet Another Soup

Soup season is winding down, sadly for me. Not that I don't make summer soups, but well, they're just not the same. And we're not fans of gazpacho around here, or cold beet soup which I kid you not, my Polish grandmother used to eat over vanilla ice cream. Ye gads!

One soup that is in the frequent rotation in the K&K kitchen is Split Pea Soup. No ham bone or meat, just veggies and split peas. As per my usual cooking routine, I just add all kinds of ingredients that are in the pantry.
Here's my rendition of Vegetarian Split Pea Soup:
1 tbsp olive oil or butter
1 cup yellow split peas, rinsed and picked over for stones
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 potatoes, diced
2 sweet potatoes, diced
12 cups of water
1 tsp each thyme, oregano, sage, black pepper
1 bay leaf
pinch of cayenne
salt to taste

Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add potatoes, carrots, celery, sautee for a few minutes, then add the water and split peas. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Add the herbs, but reserve the salt until the end, otherwise the split peas will be tough. Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, until split peas are soft. Salt to taste. I used an immersion blender to make my soup smooth and silky, but you can keep it chunky too. Top with cheddar cheese and/or croutons.
It's an easy recipe, but good in a simple way. An aside: I just finished reading Julie & Julia and Julie Powell was writing about Potage Parmentier (Potato Leek soup) and the difference between "easy" and "simple", which I won't get into here (but I definitely recommend that book, especially to bloggers).

I like posting my cooking on my blog, because one day I hope to just compile these posts into a little Blurb cookbook. I think that would be a great way to make a family cookbook to give as gifts at Christmas.

On yet another related note, I recently reorganized my spices, which were taking over my small pantry. I love looking at the everyday beauty that is people's homes, especially their kitchens and the places where people work to nourish their families.
I took a glorious trip ALONE to Ikea and bought those jars (4/$2.99) and a $.49 shelf in the "As Is" section, which I had to cut down on the chop saw (all by myself, I might add). The brackets were $4, so this was a project that cost very little but has made me much happier while cooking.
What's for dinner at your house tonight?


  1. It's been soooo rainy and windy and chilly lately, that soup looks like it would hit the spot.

    I so wish we had an IKEA here!

  2. That is a great idea, about the cookbooks. I've never used yellow split peas, only green. I wonder if the kids would balk less at the color!

  3. That sounds delicious!!!

    We've been all about potatoes over here...we've been eating some variation of them with dinner almost every night!

  4. I'm more of a stoup person, but that recipe does sound interesting!!

    Congratulations on your spice rack renovation-It looks so amazing :D

  5. I love your spice rack. It looks great!


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