Rosa's Recipe Archives: Split Pea Soup

I made this soup yesterday, absentmindedly hucking things in as I passed by the stove and so the measurements are pretty loose.

4 cups chicken broth (or veggie broth)
1 cup yellow split peas, rinsed and sorted
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic
1Tbsp olive oil
2 stalks celery, chopped small; with leaves
2-3 kohlrabi, peeled and chopped
small bunch of parsley, chopped
3 tsp cumin
salt & pepper

Heat 3 cups of the broth until boiling, add split peas. Return to a boil & reduce to simmer, 45 minutes.
Meanwhile saute onion, garlic, celery (reserve leaves), kohlrabi. When peas are finished, combine with onion mixture, don't drain off any excess liquid. Add remaining one cup broth. Add celery leaves, parsley, cumin and s & p to taste. Simmer about 20 minutes.
Serves 3

This is quite nice with a crusty loaf and a green salad; add some stout and you've got a great meal. And kohlrabi is such an underappreciated member of the Brassica Super Friends. Raw, it's taste is reminiscent of broccoli stem crossed with radishes but without any radish spice. You should be able to find them at a farmer's market. Santa Cruzans should go on up to the UCSC Farm & Garden market cart, which is at the base of campus (at the corner of Bay & High) every Tuesday & Friday from 12-6, running until the end of September. Christof Bernau, manager of the UCSC Farm Garden has in the past waged a tireless campaign to convert Santa Cruz to a kohlrabi diet; a worthy endeavor. I think he's moved on now to the Dandelion Greens crusade. Good luck with that (gag).
Say hi to Suzie & Robeson there, apprentices at the Farm (in the same program I completed in 2002) and also two amazing Abbey Gardeners.
For the Synesthetes
Color palette: gold and green. I think it's good to know the color of my dinner before I cook it.
Smell: earthy, comforting, faintly curryish
Sound: humming, stirring, chopping, Mates of State, Sufjan
Quiddity: Bag End


The Molly said...

oooh I will try your recipe. thankyou for sharing it

Mum said...

Thanks Rosa, for the explanation of the kohlrabi, but can you tell me what broccoli rab (sic) is. They talk about it on the food network all the time and I have always wondered what the heck it is.
Just wondering???
I, like Molly, will try your pea soup recipe. Yum!!

Anonymous said...

I have fond memories of kohlrabi! a bear to peel, though, if memory serves (watching my mom back in the ol' days).

p.s. I think I met Suzie (apprentice at the Farm) at VFC recently; I mentioned you, but I don't remember if I named you...

franny said...

Imported Cadbury Fruit & Nut Bars (aka the REAL DEAL) are available at Cost Plus, British Food Centre in Campbell, and a few random international markets on my side of the hill. But Cost Plus is by far the cheapest place to get them in the US.

You know what else I like ? Boots has these hazelnut creme bars that are killer. A Ploughmans sandwich, Irn-Bru, and Boots candy bar sounds like a good dinner to me right now.

Camille said...

split pea! sounds great! we are having a split pea day here in Frisco-- heavy mist and overcast skies.

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.