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Post by Royd » Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:35 pm

London used to have what were called pea souper fogs, and this is a tribute to those foggy days.

SERVES 8 (AS A STARTER)


15 g (1/2 oz) butter
50 g (2 oz) streaky bacon rashers, rinded and chopped
1 medium onion, skinned and roughly chopped
1 medium carrot, diced
1 celery stick, chopped
450 g (1 lb) split dried peas
2.3 litres (4 pints) chicken or ham stock
salt and pepper
60 ml (4 tbsp) natural yogurt
chopped grilled bacon and croutons, to garnish


1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the bacon, onion, carrot and celery and cook for 5 - 10 minutes, until beginning to soften.


2. Add the peas and stock and bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 1 hour, until the peas are soft.


3. Allow to cool slightly, then puree in a blender or food processor until smooth.


4. Return the soup to the pan. Season to taste, add the yogurt and reheat gently.


5. Serve hot, garnished with chopped grilled bacon and croutons.

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Post by annie » Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:16 pm

There is always a pea souper fog in Jack the Ripper or Sherlock Holmes movies - those Victorian/Edwardian fogs. :) Shiver. The soup sounds perfect.

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Post by Fatherducque » Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:27 pm

After the soup has cooked, it is good to chill it (outdoors in winter, in a snow drift if possible), skim the fat off the top, and reheat before serving.

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Post by Pixie » Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:16 pm

annie wrote:There is always a pea souper fog in Jack the Ripper or Sherlock Holmes movies - those Victorian/Edwardian fogs. :) Shiver. The soup sounds perfect.
:wave: Annie! :wave: Royd!

It does sound perfect!

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Post by Pixie » Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:17 pm

Fatherducque wrote:After the soup has cooked, it is good to chill it (outdoors in winter, in a snow drift if possible), skim the fat off the top, and reheat before serving.
:wave: Fatherducque!

This is an excellent tip for any soup! Of course, if it's not winter the refrigerator works just fine!

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