From Too Many Chefs -

April 25, 2005
Fresh Pea Soup

pea soup.jpgThis dish is so simple that I hesitate to call it a recipe. But it was a delightful fresh spring soup, full of flavour and the promise of warm sunny days to come. All you need to do is the following: take a box of frozen peas (you could use fresh ones if you can find 500g of them) and put them in 6-8 cups or a little over a liter of light chicken or vegetable stock; add a handful of chopped mint leaves and simmer until the peas are tender; purée with an immersion blender or a other apparatus and serve with a drizzle of cream and a buttered piece of crusty bread.

You need the broth to add a slight depth to the flavour but not too strong as you don't want to overpower the delicate peas. The same is true with the mint: go easy as you can always add more later. I'm not sure which was better: the hot soup I served at dinner to help my spouse fight off a summer cold or the cold bowl I had for lunch the next day. Certainly after many years of experimenting with cold cucumber soup I have to say this is much more flavourful. When you want a cold summer soup but aren't in the mood for the fireworks of a gazpacho, this is the one. Cold, green, healthy and elegantly delicate!

Posted by Meg in Sussex at April 25, 2005 3:12 PM | TrackBack

Awwww. What? No lard? Oh wait, that's fer split pea soup. Surely there must be away to sneak in a little pork in to the Fresh Pea Soup. Pork goes so well with fresh.


Posted by Dr. Biggles on April 26, 2005 at 3:25 PM

I did briefly consider tossing some crispy bits of bacon on top of the soup, but decided to go with cream instead for the decadant note. I agree though that pork would be beautiful, providing you added it in a crsipy form just before serving!

Posted by Meg in Paris on April 26, 2005 at 3:36 PM

Yeah yeah, so the bacon is all fresh and the flavors between the pea and the bacon are a contrast.
I made a wonderful vegetable soup last night. I started with browning some Toulouse sausage. Then came the vegetables. Finished with a squeeze of fresh lime. I had 3 bowls. Vegetable-like, I suppose.

Posted by Dr. Biggles on April 28, 2005 at 11:52 AM