My husband’s favorite soup I make is split pea and ham soup. A funny thing happened last week – my hairdresser and a close friend all started to rave about how they love split pea and ham soup. Next thing I know, I am making a batch of split pea and ham soup, and decided to try it in a slow-cooker. I got rave reviews and the other great thing it cost me $4 and it serves at least 8 people!!
1 bag of split peas (dried green peas ~450 g)
2 Ham hocks (bacon hocks)
1 onion (diced)
~1-2 litres of water
Place all ingredients in the slow-cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours. The meat should be falling of the bone, take out the meat and bones. Pull the meat off the bones, shred and put back in the soup and stir. Throw the bones away. Place into containers and either store in the fridge and or the freezer.
When you reheat the soup, you may need to add water, also season with salt and pepper to your taste preference.
The winter has been a little longer and colder which means my vegetable garden has been producing very slowly. This is my first winter garden and it seems to be going ok. Lessons I have learned:
My swiss chard did not survive as something ate that – not sure what. So, next time I may have to place little wire cages around them
Next year, I will invest in some recycled windows to create a cover so I have a mini hot house
Two surprising things happened with this crop:
My plants survived the snow and ice. I will definitely get a crop of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and cabbage (respectively in photo’s below)….and a little bit of spinach.
And my parsley which had died out came back to life and is flourishing.
In the meantime, waiting for this crop to grow, we are buying our veggies (still within the $70 budget). Here is our meal plan for this week – it will be similar to last week (its better not to even talk about it :-)). I have decided to cook most of the meals in the weekend to see if that it is easier to stick with the plan.