if you’re chilled to the bone…

…there is nothing like HOT SOUP to warm you up.

the easiest thing is to crank open a can of campbell’s…however the sodium content in tinned soups is enough to make your head spin. (even the “25% less sodium!” variations are heavily salted).


with the rainy/chilly/damp/cold weather of this whole past week, soup may be just what you need on a cosy night in. here’s one of my all-time favourite soups that my mom has made for eons. enjoy!

split pea soup

[recipe is in mom’s own words. and remember, it is intended for me, the non-cook. therefore, it’s written in plain and simple terms!]

soak two cups dried green peas for several hours in plenty of water. i soak them overnight; just let them soak until you’re ready.

simmer for three hours:

  • the peas (drained)
  • ham bone (or a smoked ham hock)
  • 8 cups water

after two hours, add:

  • one large onion, sliced
  • four potatoes, diced
  • 1 stem celery, cut up
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

lift out bone. remove bits of meat; add to soup at end of cooking time. cut up meat if pieces are larger.

serves 4-6.

true confession time: i have never actually made this soup myself. but i have very much enjoyed MOM’S makings of it!

[i bet a vegetarian version of this soup would be delicious, too. mom made this not too long ago, shared some with me, and she had shredded carrot included with that batch – a yummy and healthy addition. for a veg version, i have no clue as to what you could add in as a protein replacement. please enlighten me if you have any ideas.].


now let’s say you don’t have time to make soup. or you’re like me and you just don’t want to, hehe. you can also warm up by cranking THIS SONG and dancing around your kitchen. yea! that’s more my style! [i cannot get enough of this song!! sign me up in the snoop dogg fan club].



what’s your favourite soup on a chilly late-fall day? chicken noodle reminds me of being sick with a cold, so i won’t say that. i always loved my mom’s borscht (cabbage soup) – that’s another traditional family soup for another day!

what song do you just blast and sing along to? i am very partial to anything on jersey shore dance tunes!

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  • Zo  On October 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Mushroom barley is one of my favorites, but I also just like cutting up a lot of different veggies, adding a bean, a grain, veggie broth, and herbs and spices! The best!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      mmm,i love mushrooms – that mushroom barley sounds good! yes – soup is fun because you don’t need exact measurements. toss in a little of this, a little of that, and voila! you have a homemade meal!

  • Ali  On October 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Oh, and Florence and the Machine. Can’t sing like she does, but what I lack in talent, I make up for in volume. Drumming song, or Cosmic Love are my faves to sing.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      Soup is perfect for today, ali!
      I will check out those songs on youtube! Loud is good!

  • Ali  On October 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Eating homemade Butternut Squash soup right this very second. I love any soup.

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