Friday, February 5, 2010

What d'ya do all night?

Every time I have split-peas soup and I think of my mom and how she would tell us that joke where we were supposed to respond "Pea Green Soup" to all her questions. She would ask, "What did you have for Breakfast.... Lunch.... Dinner...." and then our favorite part, "What did you do all night?" We would laugh and laugh (mostly because we weren't allowed to say "pee" in our house- strange, I know. Image my popularity when I had to say, "I need to wet.") and then we would take a bite of mom's delicious "Pea Green Soup".... which ALWAYS tasted better then it looked. That just seems to be the trend. Something about that color... and that word for that matter. :) All that aside, and here is a delicious, quick way to make some flavorful Split Peas Soup. Promise me that if you make it, you will share the joke as well. Kids... and husbands love it. :)

Split Pea Soup
6-8 cups water
ham-hock or left over ham-bone
1 (1 lb) package of dried split peas
Extra ham if desired
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp chicken bullion
salt and pepper to taste

Boil 6-8 cups of water with hambone. Add rinsed split peas and keep at a rolling bowl for about 20 minutes. (*If you are using a ham bone for a good Sunday ham, it often has quite a bit of meat left of the bone. I pulled the bone out and cut off the meat and had plenty. However, ham-hock doesn't have much meat though and it pretty tough, so I would remove it and just add ham.) Remove bone and add ham if desired. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
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Sook said...

I still haven't tried split pea soup. Is that crazy? Everyone tells me how great it is so I hope to try it someday. :) Your soup looks fantastic.

jess and seth said...

Seth has placed a lentil/pea soup/ham-hock & bean soup ban on our house, but I have always loved them. So maybe sharing the joke would soften him up, right? :) I think I'll give it another try.