During the long winter months, yes, winter in Canada is long; it begins in one year and ends in another.
A warm and nutritious bowl of soup removes the chills from our bones.
Okay! We begin this simple, heart-warming recipe with a smile, eh!
Yes, The Yellow Split Pea Soup is also called the French Canadian Pea Soup.
Thank you Quebec! Only in Canada, eh!
A warm bowl of Yellow or Green Split Pea Soup hits the spot in any part of the world.
Today is August 17th, 2013 and it is an absolutely gorgeous day, beautiful weather, hot and dry, and I bet you there is not a soul, that is thinking about a hot bowl of soup at the moment.
However, I'm in my office, and I thought it would be a good idea, maybe not for today, or not for tomorrow, but sometime in the future, someone will decide to make a nice bowl of soup.
This way, you don't have to search all over the internet in endless recipes sites, like from Mr. Joe, Mr. Joe Blow's relatives, and Ms. Jane, who copy and paste one another just to fill their website with information.
This is a 100% original recipe, and will be here for a long time.
When you have that desire to make something original, hot and warming for the winter, you can always refer to this fantastic recipe website.
You will need:
1 ½ cups Yellow or Green Split Peas depending on your preference.
(I would like to point out to you, that except for the colour difference, the green split peas is always more expensive.
The reason for the price difference is mainly that Green split peas are more vulnerable to infestation and therefore, requires different storage conditions.
Also, it should not be exposed to sun or lighting of any form until it reaches the stores shelves.
Furthermore, our merchandizers monitor supermarket quantities, to provide just enough and not overstock, which would be exposed to the stores' lighting.
Finally, we suggest that you only purchase enough quantities to last you for this recipe, and not a big or bulky bag, just because the price is more attractive. In my organization, I have the Green Split Peas in 450g and 2kg format only, due to this storage policy.
Mother nature allows for infestation to occur naturally at any point in time.
We monitor the infestation situation until it reaches the store level.
Now then, you may have a package of peas in your cupboard that you haven't used for quite some time.
Upon opening the bag the moment you decide to use it, you then realize that infestation has occurred. At this point, I suggest that you not call the police, the fire department, Ambulance services or any associated emergency services. None of these departments can do anything about this situation.
The best course of action is just to throw the bag in the garbage.
Next time, try not to store the products for a long period of time.)
2 Celery Stalks
1 sprig of Thyme
1 sprig of Parsley
2 Green Onions/Chives/Scallions
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp. butter
Salt, Black Pepper
1 Ham (Pork) Hock
8 cups of Water
Mr. Goudas Seasoning Sauce and Trinidad Style Hot Sauce.
These two are our special (secret) ingredients. We suggest that you keep a bottle of each as staples in your refrigerator. Shhh!
Scan Split Peas for any foreign objects. Please read this article so you can understand as to why you must always scan the split peas.
Place in bowl and rinse twice.
Fill the bowl with enough water to cover the Split Peas and soak overnight (or at least for a couple hours).
Wash Ham Hock in cool water then drain.
Place in marinating bowl and strategically make a few incisions on the skin (or remove it completely), however, some individuals enjoy this particular part of the ham.
Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of Seasoning Sauce, 1 tablespoon of Trinidad Hot Sauce and ½ teaspoon of Black Pepper.
Slice 1 Onion, Green Onion/Escallion and 2 cloves of finely diced Garlic.
Toss over Ham Hock, and rub into incisions.
Cover bowl and marinate overnight.
The next day, discard the water from the Split Peas.
Rinse once again and pour into a large dutch pot (soup pot).
Add enough water (at least 8 cups) to cover the peas and bring to a full boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
You will notice that a white froth appears at the top of the water surface.
Such is the nature of the Split Pea.
You may discard this water and refill, or simply skim off the froth.
Carefully add the Ham Hock and spices to the boiling Split Peas.
Reduce heat to medium/low and simmer for approximately 90 minutes.
Of course, you must stir occasionally and ensure that there is enough liquid that the Split Peas do not stick to the bottom of the pot.
At this point you may remove the Ham Hock.
Its meat should be almost falling off the bone, and then cut into small bite-size chunks.
Removing the bone altogether is your choice, providing there is no one in the house who loves the Ham Bone.
Return your ham chunks (and bone) to the pot.
Chop your Celery, Onions, Carrots and Potatoes into one-inch pieces.
Cut Thyme, Parsley, and Green Onion to fine pieces.
Add all ingredients to the pot.
Ensure that there is still enough liquid.
Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add Salt and Black Pepper to taste.
The aroma emanating form the pot should make you delirious for a moment.
What a magic moment!
Take a small tea cup from your cupboard and sample your creation.
Savour the moment!
You, yes you, have created your own special, home-made Yellow Split Peas Soup!
Of course, you purchased Mr. Goudas Yellow Split Peas, which is carefully selected and double polished for your convenience.
Mr. Goudas Yellow Split Peas have been nominated as the best Yellow Split Peas on the planet.
From our house to yours, with love!
Spyros Peter Goudas
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