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Pea Soup

I tried to discover the difference between yellow split peas and green split peas.

Why? Because My Beloved uses green split peas to make pea soup and last evening we were invited to Harold and Helen’s to dine on yellow pea soup. Now I am able to write from experience and I deem both very tasty. My Beloved provided fresh hot-out-of-the-oven French bread as the accompanying side, while Helen provided the appetisers of shrimp and cheese, the desert of strawberry shortcake and a couple of bottles of Merlot. A simple, excellent meal. And the company (all four of us) was outstanding!

However,whether you like the different taste between them is, it appears, purely personal and, judging from the reviews, whether your mother used yellow or green peas. I do not recall what colour pea soup my Mummy made, but I have already told you that My Beloved uses green split peas, so that is the flavour to which I am accustomed. But, really, at my age the taste buds can’t tell the difference – or can they?. Some people say that one is sweeter than the other, others say that one is slightly more bitter than the other. As, I said, it all depends, I think, on what their mother made.

We are going to do a repeat at our condo for Helen and Harold, but using My Beloved’s green pea soup recipe. No, it’s not a competition: simply just another reason for four friends to get together for a pleasant evening.

I also discovered in my research what pease pudding is, as in the Christmas rhyme, ‘pease pudding hot, pease pudding cold, pease pudding in the pot nine days old”. It seems to be, basically, a very thick yellow pea soup. In the North of England, stotties are sometimes stuffed with pease pudding. Stottie? A new one on me, too, but it is a circular, 5cm thick. very doughy bread, cut in halves or quarters, with a pocket made in them and stuffed with the pease pudding.

It’s time for my yogourt and blueberry lunch with 24 almonds. 

Cheers!

Author:

My Beloved (wife) since 1955 and I are retired from our own Risk Management consulting business and, with our few funds saved during our business years, we love to experiment with foods and wines, either cooking them ourselves or dining out, and travelling throughout North America or other countries. We are also greatly involved in our Anglican church and choir both here and where we have wintered for near 20 years in Palm Springs, CA, USA.

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  1. Although I feel certain that the horrid pea soup was enjoyed, I simply cannot condone the celebration of it – no matter the colour! The only good thing about my memories of pea soup was the amazing freshly baked bread and lashes of butter that accompanied it – sorry! More for you, dear Nuntius!

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