Tierney! You are not a food blogger and this is not a cooking blog, what are you thinking with this post?
Well I wanted to share one of my favorite food recipes (and what I am having for lunch today) – Split Pea Soup with Cumin & Orange from the 01/19/11 online issue of Portland Monthly.
I am not vegan, though I do enjoy vegan cooking – it feels so “clean and pure“. I love a thick hearty traditional split pea soup simmered with a ham bone with tender ham meat simmering in the soup. I also love this vegan version and find the flavor equally as satisfying!
In the link above from Portland Monthly you can find the original recipe, but below I will share my version of the recipe and photos:
Split Pea Soup with Cumin & Orange
Adapted from Portland Monthly online, Split Pea Soup with Cumin & Orange
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 large carrots, diced
- 3 celery stalks, diced
- 2 jalapeños, seeded and minced
- 3 cups split peas, divided in half
- 8 cups water
- 2 tbsp orange zest, minced
- Salt to taste
- Your favorite hot sauce
(1) HEAT olive oil in a heavy saucepan on medium and add garlic, cumin, and black pepper. I have burned the garlic in the past, so I always make sure I do not overheat the olive oil before putting the garlic. cumin and pepper and then I stir them constantly on medium heat.
(2) SAUTÉ until garlic just begins to brown (about 5 minutes).
(3) ADD onion, carrot, celery, and jalapeños—stir well and cook until onions begin to soften (5–7 minutes). I also add the celery leaves and I always put in a little extra carrots and celery than the recipe calls for.
(4) ADD water and half of the split peas, and bring to a simmer. I do not add the water first, I add the split peas (1 1/2 cups/half of them) to the sautéed vegetables and sauté the peas a little in the vegetable/spice mix to add a little extra flavor to the dried pea. Then I add the water.
Stirring occasionally, cook until peas are tender (about 45 minutes).
(5) ADD remaining split peas and orange zest and cook on a low simmer, uncovered, until all of the peas are tender (30–40 minutes), and season to taste with salt and pepper. I use my microplane to zest the skin of one orange. Usually what I will do is have an orange at breakfast and save the skins for orange zest. If you do not have a microplane (or you are terrified of this very sharp cooking instrument in which you can also zest off your skin, been there…) then you can just use a grater and lightly grate off the orange skin/zest (I know the culinary purists are cringing right now).
After I add in the orange zest and remaining split peas, I also add a dash of hot sauce instead of just adding it as a garnish is step #6.
(6) GARNISH with toasted cumin seeds, orange zest, and hot sauce. I only garnish with a little extra hot sauce after serving into my bowl.
This soup freezes beautifully and I think it makes more than 6 servings. I am a telecommuter so I am always trying to plan my lunches out ahead of time. I love just pulling out a serving of this soup in the morning to thaw before starting my workday.
I am getting ready to leave for the annual quilt retreat in the Vancouver, Washington area I go on with my quilt sisters from Washington, Oregon and California. Sassy, the Highly Opinionated Miniature Schnauzer, gets very stressed when one of her humans is leaving her sight/management for a while.
She becomes very anxious when she sees suitcases, so I am having to do stealth packing for the retreat. I pack a couple days early and keep them hidden (behind the sari curtain in my studio):
Why yes, that is all I am bringing to a 4-day quilt retreat. I decided to just bring hand quilting projects. I did bring a small project I could use a borrowed sewing machine on if I suddenly become overwhelmed with the need to sit at a sewing machine.
Also I packed minimal coordinating clothes and figure I can repeat an outfit (if I start to smell, oh well, I am at a quilt retreat – ha!)
A Couple of Cool Blogs
I follow several non-crafting blogs and I wanted to share a couple very cool blogs I thought some of you might enjoy:
- The Tiny Potager: Self Sufficiency and Sustainable Living – with a family of six – tinypotager.com – this blogger is out of the UK and posts wonderful photos of farming, farmlands, hikes, road trips, etc. I feel like I am on a relaxing virtual mini-holiday when I look at this blog.
- I’ve Read This: Looking for something good to read? – ivereadthis.com – this blog is for people who love to read and love cats! The blogger posts adorable cat photos and great book reviews. The latest post is on a book called The Lion in the Living Room by Abigail Tucker; and has a great video on why cats love boxes!