Sunday, April 19, 2009

Melanie W.'s Split Pea Soup


To be honest, I wasn't in love with this recipe. At least, I wasn't in love with the way mine turned out. Josh liked it a lot though. First of all, I couldn't find smoked port hock, so like Cami, I also used regular raw pork. I'm not even sure it was a hock, but I'm pretty sure it was a similar cut. I also chose not to add any ham. Anyway, the flavor from the pork and the pork bone ruined it for me. I'm not sure why because I usually like meat, but I'm thinking it might have tasted better with the smoked pork? Not really sure. I think I would have preferred to just use ham instead, or skip the meat altogether.
What I did like is the variety of veggies in the soup! It seemed very healthy. I did add potatoes and also added more peas as was recommended, but I wish I had added even more. It definitely didn't end up as thick as I was envisioning. I even poured off some water before pureeing and it still seemed too thin. I was happy to find marjoram here (though no bay leaves). I think it was my first time using marjoram and I liked the smell of it.
I'll keep this in my list of recipes, and next time I'll make a few modifications and then I'm sure I'll be happy with it!

1 comment:

Cami said...

I think this was my first time using marjoram as well. I like the flavor and will probably try to find things to use it in as well.

I could see going without the hock at all. I did like the chunks of ham and may just do that next time.