Day: February 8, 2016

split pea soup with roasted mushrooms

For many years I was blissfully unaware of the fact that this classic soup demands a ham hock gently simmering as the peas slowly break down into a creamy soup. Upon learning this, I decided that a vegetarian split pea deserved another dimension to create those same flavour profiles: flavourful, smokey roasted mushrooms to contrast in colour and texture to the rich sea of split peas below them. This is a wholesome, plantbased split pea that makes no attempts to trick anyone into believing it is the same as its Quebecois predecessor. Thyme is a classic herb paired with split pea, and I can’t argue with that. I took a little bit of liberty though and added some caraway seeds: similar in appearance to cumin, these seeds are common in eastern European stews and are somewhat sweet and licorice-y. They apparently have carminative properties (meaning that they help to reduce gas and bloating), which is a positive outcome for any meal with beans/pulses… just saying. Superstitious folks also suggest that caraway seeds have the power to keep lovers from losing …