Monday, February 26, 2018

Souper Blog Hop!

When fellow blogger and author Chris Fey appealed for people to help spread the word about her mom's new book, how could I say no? I mean, you have to support moms!

So here's the scoop on the soup... my part of this is to let you know my favorite soup, and the recipe. And it just so happens that I've recently gotten into making split pea soup, just like my mom used to make! I don't really follow an exact recipe... a pound of split green peas, a ham bone, a lot of water, onions, carrots, garlic, and boil until it's soup! Then you can take out the bone, pick off any meat that remains and dig in. I tried for years to make split pea soup without the ham bone, and I'm here to say... just don't. It's not right until you've cooked it with the bone!

And now for the book:

BLURB: Gregory Green loves his mom’s pea soup, but when he eats it at school, all of his friends make fun of how it looks. He doesn’t think it looks like bugs, and it tastes good! Then at recess, his friends run from him, screaming, “He’s a monster!” Gregory doesn’t know why his friends are being mean until he sees his skin is green. The teasing gets worse until an unlikely friend comes to the rescue—his teddy bear, Sammy. Sammy usually only comes to life for Gregory and his family, but Sammy has an important lesson to teach Gregory and his classmates.

Available in Print:


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elaine Kaye got the idea for Pea Soup Disaster from her son who loved to eat her homemade pea soup. Pea Soup Disaster is the first of many fun stories featuring Gregory Green and his teddy bear, Sammy, as part of the Gregory Green Adventure series.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys.

Find Elaine:
Website / Instagram / Litsy - @ElaineKaye

 And here's the hop info--jump around and visit some of the other participating bloggers.



26 comments:

  1. I might need to try pea soup again. Maybe my tastebuds have evolved and I’d like it now. I can see why you include a ham bone. That’s got to give a lot of flavor.

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    1. I had mixed feelings about it as a kid, but in general the older I got the better I liked it. And yes, the ham adds a lot of flavor (and somehow does it better than just tossing in hunks of ham). You can buy ham hocks in a lot of groceries, too, and I think they would do the same thing.

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  2. Pea soup was never my favorite but that was when I was kid, so maybe ought to try it again as an adult.

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    1. See? Lots of people didn't like it as a kid...give peas a chance!

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  3. "I mean, you have to support moms!"

    I adore pea soup, and I'm glad to find someone else who enjoys it, too. And enjoys it because of her mom! :D

    Thank you so much for participating!

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  4. I don't think I've ever had pea soup and since my husband doesn't eat pork, I don't see any hambones in my future. Oh well. At least I have lots of other recipes to choose from!

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    1. Let's see... you might be able to get something decent with a good beef broth. But I don't think it would be the same. So maybe enjoy those other recipes!

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  5. Thanks for the support, Rebecca!

    You definitely need the ham bone for the flavor.

    Thank you for joining us today. It's great to meet you.

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    1. Good to meet you, too! Your book looks adorable :)

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  6. It's been a long time since I had split pea soup. I'll have to try it again.

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    1. I've really gotten fond of it. Perfect winter meal. I need to start buying the bones without the ham, though, as none of us cares that much for ham.

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  7. Your pea soup "recipe" is identical to mine. Why worry about exact measurements, as long as the soup tastes good? And the more you prepare any dish, the easier it is to "know" when the ingredients are just right.

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    1. Right! Recipes are just a point of departure :)

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  8. I think that I have eaten various 'pea soup' recipes over the years. But I'm not really a cook so I've never properly made it - just burnt the pan. My favourite pea soup has to be Dutch pea soup (Erwtensoep) - https://www.holland.com/global/tourism/information/traditional-dutch-food/dutch-pea-soup.htm

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    1. Burning it was so common when I was growing up that Mom claimed it was an essential step :D

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    2. The burnt bits are meant to be healthy according to macrobiotic lore, I think.

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  9. Hubs doesn't like pea soup (or anything with beans) so I have to settle for Campbell's chunky ham & pea soup. Maybe I can talk one of my kids into making it.

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  10. At my former day job, every Thursday we made Split Pea soup. It was easy, but sometimes I'd get caught up prepping and forget it and feel really bad for the dishwasher having to clean the pot.

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  11. I have to admit that I'm not a fan of peas or pea soup. Glad there are some lovers of it. Congrats to Elaine on her book!

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  12. I've never made pea soup from scratch. Maybe I'll try it.

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  13. If I ever make a traditional split pea soup, I'll be sure to include the ham bone. Good stuff.

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