mardi, mars 16, 2010

Ham and Pea Soup

Ham and Pea Soup

I've been staring at my can of leftover peas from the Yangzhou Fried Rice and wondering what I could do with it. Nobody likes peas. They always pick them out and set them aside. I do not know why I even bother to use peas in my fried rice and other dishes. Because they are supposed to be healthy and pretty?

Then the thought of making a Ham and Pea Soup struck me. And I'm glad I made it because it was surprisingly yummy. I had it all to myself for lunch today, but will definitely try to trick the kids into eating those peas this way soon.

Kids are all at school learning how to breakdance. Those lessons were a success, they loved them. The breakdancing expert looked like your very nice boy next door - hard to imagine him being the "bad boy" breakdancer. :-)

Ham and Pea Soup (for 1) :

1 Tbsp Butter
Half of an Onion (sliced)
1 Garlic clove (sliced)
100g thick Picnic Ham or good quality Luncheon Meat
1 small Potato (cubed)
200g Green Peas
Enough hot water or chicken stock to cover
Salt and Pepper to taste
A few sprigs of Fresh Parsley (optional)
Cream (optional)

Melt the butter in a small pot and fry the onions, garlic, ham and potatoes till lightly browned.

Pour enough hot water or chicken stock to cover the ham and potatoes. Boil till the potatoes are cooked.

Add the peas and cook for another 3 minutes.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

If you wish, add some fresh parsley, it gives an interesting taste to the soup.

Mix everything into a smooth soup. Add some cream if you wish.

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