And thus we embark on our journey!
I suddenly realized that this blog is going to be a bit different from your typical culinary blog. It seems like most people blog about recipes that they are recommending to others.
I’m going to be blogging about recipes that I find on Pinterest and try out every week. So I really have no idea if they’re any good until I make them! And I’m going to let you know what I think, whether good or bad.
This week marks my return to work following my maternity leave for baby #2. Despite my best intentions, I accomplished NOTHING during my leave.
I had all these grand plans to organize my wardrobe, de-clutter my house, and work on a lot of knitting projects. Instead, I watched a lot of Netflix (mostly Criminal Minds, which by the way is a great show!) and just sat on my butt.
I also didn’t manage to get into the kitchen much. To ease myself back into it, I went with a crock pot soup to start out the year.
This week’s soup is Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup that I found through Pinterest on the blog Five Heart Home.
Let me preface this by saying I am not a photographer. I also don’t have a good camera, just the one on my phone. So that’s another way this blog will be different. The pictures probably won’t be great 🙂
First of all, let me just say how much I love slow cooker liners. They’re not perfect and you still have to wash your slow cooker after every use, but they sure do make it easier!
I followed this recipe as written and it was delicious. I cooked it on low for about 8 hours, and it didn’t need to go any longer. Anyone could change up the veggies to fit their own tastes, and I think next time I would throw in some onion. I also should have chopped the carrot and ham smaller, but I was feeling lazy. I’ll keep that in mind for the next soup!
One thing I will mention is that I’m not a big fan of meats that have been stewing in liquid all day. I find that all the flavor is added to the soup, which is great, but it leaves you with a fairly flavorless piece of meat to chew on. That’s just a personal observation, and my husband actually disagrees with me, so perhaps I’m on my own there.
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
16 ounces dried green split peas, rinsed and drained
2 cups diced ham
2 cups diced potatoes
2 cups diced carrots (or shredded)
1-2 tablespoons minced garlic
8 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced, plus extra for garnish
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Place dried split peas, ham, potatoes, carrots, and garlic in the bottom of the slow cooker.
Pour in chicken broth.
Stir in bay leaf and parsley.
Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours (or on high for 4 to 5 hours).
Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.