9.15.2010

Pea and Ham Soup

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I'm not going to lie to you. I was worried about moving in with the in-laws. Sharing a bathroom for the first time in over 5 years did not appeal to me. I didn't want to live in Whittier. I didn't want to live with a dog. I didn't want to be without my kitchen. But, it hasn't been so bad. Besides the long drive, I've enjoyed having cable and watching HGTV with my mother-in-law and drinking beers and lounging with the father-in-law. The dog is so scared of me, he hardly comes within 10 feet, and I've even been re-watching episodes of the The Wire.

Now my blog posting has obviously suffered, and will continue to do so during this transition. I am without my own space, driving too damn much, and the camera does not like the lighting in the kitchen. But I did manage to make a pea and ham soup during my first few days that's worth mentioning. The temperature dropped to 70 degrees after Labor Day so I decided it was cold enough for soup. I made lots of soup. We ate it for days, and even ended up freezing some.
You can also make this without ham, but I bet it won't taste as good. I've also made this with bacon, pureeing the soup and adding crunchy bits at the end. 

Pea and Ham Soup
Serves many

1 lb of peas, yellow or green
1 small white onion, chopped fine
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 large slice of ham, chopped
olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper
chicken broth, several cans to cover the peas

1) Sauté onion in onion. Add carrots and sauté for an additional 5 minutes. 
2) Add ham, garlic and celery. Sauté for 5 or so minutes. Add peas and chicken broth and bring to a boil. 
3) Turn down the heat, season, and cook for an hour or so, until peas are very tender. 
4) Taste, adjust seasoning and serve. 

This is even better the next day. 

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