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Recipe: Ham Bone Split Pea Soup

Bones are a big deal in my household. They are never thrown away, ever! I use them in broths and soups.  They add so much flavor and texture it’d be such a waste not to use them. I feel very strongly about food waste. Somewhere, a farmer or rancher worked hard to raise that food on your plate, it’s an insult to everyone involved to flippantly waste it.

So good on a rainy day!

So good on a rainy day!

I had a lovely ham bone left over from a ham dinner I had this week. Ham bones are great because there are about 100 delicious soups you can make with them. After much agonizing I decided this bone would be a lovely split pea soup.  This is an easy and fairly cheap recipe to make, enjoy!

 

Ham Bone Split Pea Soup

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 meaty ham bone (Table Mountain Ranch pork is preferred)
  • 1 pound split peas
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • water
Yum......ham bone!

Yum……ham bone!

In a large pot, over medium heat, add bone, broth and peas. If the broth doesn’t cover the bone – add water until the bones is covered by liquid.

I love how this soup changes from brothy to thick!

I love how this soup changes from brothy to thick!

Bring to a boil. Meanwhile add onions to a frying pan and saute until translucent. Add smashed garlic and stir to mix. Add onions, potato, and carrots to your pot. Simmer, stirring occasionally for two hours or until the soup is thick and the peas have no form left. Mix in thyme. Remove bone (you might have to pick some meat off it), any unsavory meat pieces and bay leaves before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you have leftovers you migghhhtt need to add a whisper more water when reheating because this soup does have a tendency to thicken.

 

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Microwaves Kill! Or Do They?

One of the many reasons I love Facebook is it is a great forum for people to talk about their beliefs: religion, political, food choices. Granted during election years, this is arguably a good thing? lol.

According to Natural News - http://www.naturalnews.com/031929_microwaved_water_plants.html

According to Natural News – http://www.naturalnews.com/031929_microwaved_water_plants.html

Anyway, I have a lot of friends that society would brand “alternative”. That is they don’t believe in vaccinating their kids, they maybe are vegan/vegetarian, will only eat organic food, things like that. I enjoy these friends to no end, just because they are different and they make me think about issues or sides of issues I normally wouldn’t and that gives me a better understanding of, well, life.

I love these veggies! I hope they grow!

I love these veggies! I hope they grow!

Every few months it seems like there is a new issue upsetting my “alternative” friends about mainstream society. For example there was the fast food won’t rot flurry and memes. GMO food has been a pretty major issue in California for the last few months, but now that the election is over that is quieting down. It seems like the new hot topic is microwaves. Yes, microwaves.

My microwaved water. I made sure it was cool before I used it (hence the thermometer)

My microwaved water. I made sure it was cool before I used it (hence the thermometer)

I’ve seen several postings about how bad the microwave is for our health, how it destroys nutrients, and puts out deadly radiation. I mean, I’m kinda a huge skeptic when fear is used to promote a belief, but this even started scaring me, I mean, until I stopped and did some research.

My labels

My labels


I decided to do an experiment. I had read where water that had been microwaved will kill plants. So I thought how better to test this hypothesis out than start some spring seeds using microwaved water?
Seed ready for soil and water!

Seed ready for soil and water!

Last Sunday, I started brussel sprouts and peas. One tray I used regular well water from my tap, and the other tray I used tap water I had heated in the microwave. Since its only been 3 days the seeds have not geminated yet, but I am awfully excited to see how this turns out! Are you? Stay tuned!

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