Old Fashioned Pea and Ham Soup


An absolutely wonderful old fashioned soup, sometimes called “London Particular” due to its being as thick as the fogs that used to pervade London a very long time ago…….

Spring has sprung, at fucking last. Away with the thick winter coats and multiple layers, and in with light jumpers and being able to go outside in shorts and a t-shirt, most of the time.

Although it’s Springtime, and there’s the promise of warmer weather, it is a good idea to still have a few warming recipes up your sleeves for when the weather drops. Spring is a vile seducer in that way, she gives us a few days of pleasant warmth, only to bring the rug out from under our feet to surprise us, Tom and Jerry style, with a cold spell.

Well, just like Emmeline Pankhurst, and her suffragettes, we shall overcome this, and make, as a “Fuck you……”

Old Fashioned Pea and Ham Soup – Based on my mother’s recipe.

2 onions, peeled and chopped
1 leek, sliced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
Approx 2-3 handfuls split green peas, check if they need pre-soaking beforehand
Approx 75g cooked ham
1.7 litres stock, chicken or even ham

As with every soup recipe, you saute the vegetables in butter until soft, about 15 minutes, adding the garlic for the minute or so. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a bubble, and allow to cook until the split peas are tender. This will take approx 45 minutes. You can either whizz this up or leave it chunky.

Serve in mugs or bowls with crusty bread.

Does enough for about four to six servings.


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