I love to bake, cook and entertain. I love trying new recipes and have developed an extensive sometimes exhaustive recipe collection. I am the lazy cook however and look for easy shortcuts when adapting recipes. So no gourmet for me. Easy and delicious is my motto. These are some of my family favorites.
If you are Canadian you probably know about the pleasures of Habitant Pea Soup, especially on a blustery day. This version tastes very close. For my lazy version I use deli black forest ham because I always have it in the fridge. However, purists can use a ham bone or ham hocks instead. When I see them, I buy them for this soup but deli ham does just as well believe it or not.
2 cups of dried yellow peas
8 cups of water
1 onion diced
2 large carrots diced
2 stalks of celery diced (I often skip this as I never seem to have celery in the fridge)
4 slices of deli ham, or ham bone or ham hock (I have even used ham steaks)
1 tsp of marjoram
1 tsp of savory
pinch of thyme
1 tbsp of sea salt
1/2 tsp of pepper
Put peas, onion, carrots, celery and ham inside crock pot. Pour water on top. Sprinkle spices over water. Stir to mix. Cook on low for 8 hours or 4 hours on high or until peas are soft. Using a potato masher, mash soup and squish about half the peas to give thicker consistency. Serve hot. Even better the next day.