Friday, February 22, 2013

Cheating-on Winter Pea Soup ~ FFWD

A taste of Spring….Cheating on Winter Pea Soup 

I’m an expert at cheating on winter. It's something we do every year by going to Florida in February. My friends back home have come to expect a big snow storm whenever we head south.  Sorry about that!  Making soup to cheat on winter is a concept that is foreign to me. Soup making is a winter project.  A wonderful pot of comfort, on those very cold days of winter, and pea soup is made with dry peas and a big ham bone. It simmers for hours!  

When I read the ingredients for this soup my thoughts were “this doesn’t sound like something Bill will eat”.  The ingredients included one head of romaine lettuce added to the soup.  Lettuce in soup…Really?  But, as I’ve done many times before, I placed my trust in Dorie.  

This soup is simple to make! It takes about 15 minutes to put together.  First sautéing one chopped onion in a tablespoon of butter, then adding your stock (I used vegetable), but you could use chicken stock or just water. Bring all of this to a boil, then add a 16 oz. bag of frozen peas and your chopped lettuce.  Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  This was easy and going quite well! But, you know when everything seems to be going well &%#@ happens!!  And I still don’t know how this happened!

I decided to use the blender to puree this mixture, as Dorie suggested.  At home I would have used my food processor.  I poured a portion of the soup into the blender, pushed on the lid, and hit the puree button!  OMGosh!! Green pea soup everywhere!! On my pink sweater…on the white cabinets...all over the clean dishes I had just washed...and worst of all, in my hair! It looked like I shampooed with green pea soup!!   Although the soup took just a mere 15 minutes to make, it took me about 30 minutes to clean up the mess. Sorry, no pictures!
  
If you’re wondering how this 15 minute soup went over...Did it have any flavor...Did Bill eat it? Well, it was actually better than expected! I served mine with a dollop of sour cream and some nice Italian bread. We had a late lunch out so, this was a perfect light supper. Bill enjoyed it almost as much as I did! Surprises never cease! The flavor that was dominate was fresh pea. It tasted like Spring.  However, and you knew there would be a however, he prefers the long, slow, simmered version, with the ham bone!  Happy Friday everyone!!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table”.  It can also be found here at Bon Appetit.  If you would like to see what the other Doristas are up to check it out here.




Creamy and delicious….I would never guess there was lettuce in this soup…tastes like fresh peas from your garden
Vegetable broth mixed with the sautéed onion
 Frozen peas…what can be easier
Chopped romaine lettuce…the surprise ingredient!
Simmering on the stove…smelled yummy
This was really good…a taste of fresh peas and Springtime!



35 comments:

  1. Good for you, Kathy - we decided lettuce in soup was too weird.

    Sorry about your mishap, but also glad to know these types of things happen to everyone. Mary thinks I do everything perfectly and I think the same of you, so it's nice to know we're all human!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. This will go down as the soup with lettuce. Sorry about the blender mess, it is a pain when that happens Kathy! So I´m glad you liked it, though ham in bone sounds really good. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Kathy I ALMOST had the same experience!!! I remembered at the last minute to cover my blender with a towel! I was pleasantly surprised at how good this soup tasted. I even tried a small cup cold the next day and liked it! Have a great weekend.

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  4. The lettuce seemed like an oddity to me too but I went with it and I think it actually contributed a lot to my enjoyment. REALLY do wish you had a picture of the mess!

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  5. Well, your picture is very pretty.

    I have had those blender nightmares before - cleaning ceilings can be a pain. It is true - when things are going well - watch out!

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  6. So glad that you are having a month out of the winter weather, Kathy. Am just wondering how much you're going to be welcomed home if you return with a suntan? If you return home with pea soup in your hair, that might be okay. Haven't all of us had moments when something in the kitchen just goes wacky. Not our fault, of course. I will never forget when my Mother's pressure cooker blew up and we had beets all over the kitchen ceiling. We never did get that cleaned up. My debacles have been too numerous to mention and, of course, I have no pictures either. Your soup looks delicious and I think you did not strain it. I did, and, although I liked this very much, it did lose some flavor in the straining I think. Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

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  7. I happened to grab an oven mitt just before I ran my blender, and got the mess all over the mitt instead of me! ;) It was certainly a learning experience! This was an interesting soup, but I think I might have to agree with Bill and prefer a longer-simmered soup. Yours looks terrific though! Very nice!

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  8. Oh, Kathy, I'm still laughing at the vision of your green-speckled kitchen (with you, not at you). I hate when that happens. When I made cheese a couple weeks ago, I spilled it and it took an hour to clean up the mess. Ugh. At least I rescued half the batch of cheese though. I'm happy to know this passed the husband test at your house. This was the only Dorie recipe in February that did at my house. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  9. Kathy, I am going back and looking for your post on The Canal House chefs. I joined FFWD just when you were finishing up that ambitious and wonderful project but missed The Canal House. Sorry about the weather.

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  10. Kathy, your soup looks delicious and lovely. I have had my blender decided to explod on me at times - not fun. Hope you have a nice weekend in sunny Florida.

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  11. Hi Kathy, I do stuff like that all the time. Yoyr resulting soup looks fab anyway- I enjoyed it too.

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  12. Oh Kathy! I came very close to the same experience but luckily I hit the off button and had only a tiny mess! I'm glad there was enough soup left for your dinner:) I'm very envious that you are in Florida!

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  13. This is a lovely soup and your photos have made what can be a difficult soup to photograph attractive. It also sounds delicious. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  14. That looks so perfect against the white bowl, and a slice of Italian bread is always good. That sounds like a fun experience
    for your daughter, I would love to see how Ina lives out there in Long Island. Tricia comes up with fun things to
    do and we always have a good time. Girls night out, nothing like it.

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  15. That sounds like a good cure to the winter blues!

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  16. Thank goodness you enjoyed the soup after that fiasco... there was nothing simple about this simple pea soup... better luck to both of us with the next recipe.

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  17. Ohh it looks so lovely - I think we have all sprayed ourselves with soup or smoothie or some such dish - at least it tasted wonderful!!
    mary x

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  18. So sad about your big mess, I've definitely been there and done that! The soup looks delish though, lvoe that pretty green color.

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  19. This looks absolutely fantastic my friend :D
    Who needs winter chaos!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  20. Your soup looks wonderful, Kathy. So sorry to hear about your blender mishap. I have had that happen and what a mess. I'm glad that you and Bill enjoyed this one-we certainly did. Hope you are having an enjoyable weekend!

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  21. LOVE IT!! This sounds really, really good!!

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  22. My Bill will eat split pea soup, so I'm going to have to defrost mine and let him have a taste...fingers crossed. Sorry about the blending fiasco...yikes!

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  23. Kathy,
    I love the title...cheating on winter and your photo of the spring green pea soup against black, gorgeous! Had to pin it! How interesting that romaine is one of the ingredients. I'm going to give this a try.
    xo
    annie

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  24. I LOVE peas, winter or spring! The soup looks delicious, Kathy.

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  25. Kathy, your soup turned out amazing...so creamy pretty green and delicious! So sorry about the mess...it happens when you put hot liquid in the blender and not hold down the lid. Could be even dangerous...hope you didn't burn yourself!

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    1. Elisabeth, I was holding the lid down when it popped up, the hot liquid hit my hand causing me to immediately let go! Thank goodness I didn’t burn myself…but what a mess! I should have used a towel as Kendra suggested.

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  26. I've made this and thoroughly enjoyed it (I think I used an immersion blender). Husband loved it - but I made it for a lunch and not the whole dinner - so he is more lackadaisical about my lunch creations! Kind of wintery. Kind of spring-y. It's a nice keeper for something decent in a flash.

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  27. Kathy, hope you are spending a wonderful and relaxing month in Florida! Your peas soup has such a vibrant and wonderful color and very smooth texture, it looks wonderful! Sorry about the mishap with the blender - my latest kitchen adventure involved a coffee grinder with a missing collection container...coffee grinds absolutely everywhere!
    Keep enjoying Florida and have a wonderful week!

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  28. Oh no! That happened to me once, too, with soup. It was a mess, but I was glad that I wasn't badly burned. After all that, I'm glad that you at least liked the soup!

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  29. Well, we've had those blender incidents at our house...too many times to count over the years...usually with something hard to clean like tomatoes that stain or gooey something...with all my kids things happen, and I also make my share of messes. We are busy, making, doing people, right? I was out of town for this one, but wanted to see how this one turned out. I'm torn when it comes to making up this one...the lettuce really is a hard challenge. But your soup is very pretty and does look fresh and lovely. I may give it a try, but I still don't know about the lettuce.

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  30. Holy moly- that was some adventure !I feel for you because we have all "been there" ...if not necessarily this week :) My expectations were pretty low since I am not a fan of peas. I liked this but will go for a thicker version next time. Dorie definitely inspired me to play around with more soups as this was truly easy and hard for me to rationalize not having time to knock out. Apologize for the late comment- I had too much fun running around seeing the Barefoot Contessa and cooking and ended up with a miserable cold (but it was worth it). PS- I could not believe that your daughter worked for the firm that did Ina's barn- how AMAZING is that ! And it feels like somehow, the world is a little smaller and friendlier :)

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  31. That was quite a mishap! I've always been afraid of that happening, so I usually use my immersion blender (though Diane's story is a little scary, too) and then, if I think I'd like it a little less chunky, I put the cooled leftovers in the blender.

    Your end result looks like it was worth all the trouble, though! I love your photo with the peas scattered around.

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  32. Ok, I admit it, I giggled at the thought of you with pea soup all over you and everything else...the image was just funny for some reason, so please forgive me. What a recommendation for this soup...I wasn't sure anyone here would eat this as they don't like peas in general but now after reading your post, I think I must try it for myself anyway. Lovely photos.

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