Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Recipe for Canadian Yellow Pea Soup

Yellow Pea Soup or Split-Pea Soup--This is a soup recipe that my mother, bless her, used to cook up in the winter. And it feels like winter here although we are pretty close to Spring... we cook with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil in our family but you can use your fat of choice.

* 2 1/4 C. Yellow Split Peas
* 1 tsp. Baking Soda
* 2 T. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
* 2 Leaks, washed well and sliced up
* 2 Carrots, scraped and sliced up
* 1 Turnip, sliced
* 1 clove Garlic, mashed
* 1 C. Water
* 2 T. thick tomato Puree
* 2 Bay Leaves
* 3 Cloves
* 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
* 1/4 tsp. Marjoram
* 1/4 tsp. Tarragon
* Celtic Sea Salt, to taste
* Pinch White Pepper, fresh ground preferable

*Place the peas in a large bowl and sprinkle with Baking Soda (the Baking Soda will make the peas very creamy).
*Soak the peas overnight or from 8-10 hours-- no longer or flavour will be lost
*Rinse well under cold water
*Cover peas with water in pot and simmer for about 1 hour

*In another large saucepan, saute the leeks, celery, carrot, turnip, and garlic for about 3 minutes.
*Add water, tomato puree, and seasonings.
*Cook until all vegetables are tender
*Combine vegetable mixture with split peas.
*Add more water if needed.
*Cook about 10 more minutes
*Adjust seasonings

This soup serves about eight and is delicious with corn bread.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Coconut Cream of Broccoli Soup

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Anyone who subscribed to my former soup newsletter-- or who reads this blog occasionally-- will know that at one time I was a HUGE FAN of organic coconut milk in soups. Today's soup is a re-run of your classic Cream of broccoli combination substituting coconut milk for dairy. You could also use rice milk (to keep it vegan) if you desire.  This soup was previously published in 2008 and has been one of the Most Popular Recipes on this site!

2 lbs. of fresh organic Broccoli
1 medium organic Onion, chopped
1 Bay Leaf
14 oz. organic Coconut Milk
Celtic Sea Salt to taste
Ground Nutmeg to taste
Filtered Water to cover

Cover Broccoli, Onion and Bay Leaf with Filtered Water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer until broccoli is tender. Important: Discard Bay Leaf.

Carefully pour hot soup into the cannister of a Vita-Mix or other blender or food processor. Add Coconut Milk, Salt, and Ground Nutmeg.

Position the two-part lid securely. Begin with knobs set on Variable Speed and the lowest setting and progress up to the highest Variable speed. Flip into high for a few seconds until the soup is smooth and creamy.

☆Image by C. Malmquist, Flickr