October 20, 2011
When I was a kid, split pea soup was one of the few vegetable soups I actually liked. Whenever we traveled back home from visiting the relatives, we’d always stop at Pea Soup Andersons for a hot bowl of their famous soup. Split pea has always been one of my favorite fall soups, but as a habit, I’ve always bought the bag of green ones. Isn’t if funny how we do that, always buy the same things at the grocery store out of habit.
We’re having cool morning fog lately, and cool weather always gives me a hankerin’ for soup so this week it was split pea. This time, I ventured out into new territory and grabbed the yellow versions instead. That’s me, livin’ on the edge! Green split peas beware, your yellow sisters are convincing me that they’re a tad bit prettier in the bowl.
Here’s the easy recipe. I like mine a little spicy, hence the cayenne.
Spicy Split Pea Soup, Ingredients:
3 cups dried split peas
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
4 cups water
1 cup finely diced carrots
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
crème fraiche + crouton garnish (optional)
To make: rinse split peas and drain. Place split peas in large pot and combine with broth. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes. After 30 minutes, add cayenne, carrots, and additional water to pot, and simmer on medium low heat another 30 minutes, or until split peas are soft. Add ½ to 1 cup of extra water or skim milk at the end if soup is too thick. You can always add diced bacon or ham to make it meatier. Garnish with a drizzle of crème fraiche + croutons (optional) and serve warm.
So while I was whipping up a batch of split pea soup, I happened to notice that those pretty little split peas looked like brads used for cardmaking. Hmmm. My creative mind got to thinking, and while the soup simmered, I got my craft on and came up with a few little fun yellow split pea creations.
Here are some kid craft ideas for your Thanksgiving table. Set up a station with split peas, glue, scraps of paper, and dried bits of corn husks and have the kids recreate miniature ears of corn to embellish “I’m Thankful For” place cards for the table.
Make studded decorative napkin rings with more scraps of paper, glue, and peas.
Or put them in charge of the centerpiece! Hand the kids some pumpkins, and have them decorate the gourds in their own fun patterns.
A great way to keep the kids busy during your Thanksgiving meal prep!