Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Pea Soup

No, not a recipe post - though if I'd had my wits (and camera) about me, I could have taken a delightful photo of our lunchtime soup before we scoffed it... My friend was in Havant to visit her dentist, so it was natural for me to 'do' lunch. Being aware that some dental appointments limit the food chewing capabilities if the patient, I decided soup was a safe option. As it turned out, the weather was on my side - chilly, windy, dull and dismal enough to make a hot soup a pleasing prospect while we chewed the fat, as the saying goes.

Now she has pootled off home, I have the afternoon to let my fingers tap dance a blogpost into existence, and Pea Soup remains on my mind, as well as in my stomach. It is a most homely, unpretentious foodstuff, but I equate it with the very essence of hospitality. It uses natural ingredients which need to be lovingly prepared  and cooked well in advance of the coming meal, as split peas cannot be rushed - they take their time. The advantage to this is, when a guest finally arrives, the cook can relax and enjoy their company to the full. What more could you ask of a menu? Soup with some tasty granary bread  and a little sweet treat to follow is the perfect accompaniment to a friendly lunch date. When can I expect to see you? Just let me get my diary...

And for seconds, I give you...

The Mock Turtle's Song 
by Lewis Carroll

Beautiful soup, so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen!
Who for such dainties would not stoop?
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup!
Beau--ootiful Soo--oop!
Beau--ootiful Soo--oop!
Soo--oop of the e--e--evening,
Beautiful, beautiful Soup.


  1. Oh my! I'm craving Pea Soup now! :)
    I used to eat it like crazy! SO good!!
    By the way, I forgot to thank you for telling me about Sepia Saturday. I've lost my manners and my mother would be mad!
    Thank you!
    I love your blog!!

  2. I'll be round shortly, put the soup on!

  3. Pea soup's fine, but French onion soup... heavenly!

  4. I made soup today too, mulligatawny to help use up my courgettes that have developed into marrows.

    Thank you for the Lewis Carroll reminder.

  5. The Scots are great soup lovers. For Sunday lunch at a friends we had pumpkin and rosemary which was delicious. So, any time you like!

  6. Germans are great preparers of soup too, and pea soup is a favourite. Add leeks and bacon and a potato and you're away.

    Beloved calls my soups 'knife and fork' soups, he was quite surprised when they were the main course rather than a starter.

    I look forward to sampling yours, or else a could bring a sample of mine.

    They can be quite anti-social though.

  7. Sounds good, but I'm still more intrigued by that six million century old pub that you posted about. :)

  8. It sounds wonderful.. I'd love to be treated to a bowl of it Chez Jinsky. And I adore the expression "pootled off home!"

  9. my grandmother made the best soup - all kinds
    and she'd always say it was 'good for whatever ails ya'

    thanks for visiting Hope's video
    she sends hugs :)

  10. Dear Pen,
    in Berlin (before my time!) there was a famous restaurant called Aschinger, that served beer (guests standing) and later peasoup - they offered rolls as much as you like with it for nothing - so poor people came en masse.
    The turtle soup has changed to mockturtle - I can live with that!
    And today I will cook my famous pumpkin soup (Hokaido, and a few slightly sour pears make the difference).

  11. Pea soup is wonderful - warming, tasty, filling and GOOD for you. It can't be better than that.


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