I’ve been dreaming of soup the last few days. It has been rainy, cold and generally blustery and when the weather turns this way, all I want to do is snuggle up under a blanket and eat comfort food.
Yesterday, one of the coldest days of the summer, we spent the morning outside. Andrew signed up to do a team triathlon sprint, and his start time was scheduled for 10:15am. We got up at 7, looked out the window, and layered up with all the waterproof clothing we could find.
Because all the roads were closed around the triathlon site, we walked down from a friend’s place (4 km each way…I didn’t know I was signed up to do 8 km…). By the time we got there we were soaked but Andrew was excited.
Here is how cold it was: They cancelled the swim. No one allowed in the water…too cold. Welcome to Alberta.
So it turned into a Duathlon. Andrew ran the last leg of the race and got to cross the finish line like a real champ. It was fun to watch…but man was it cold!
I still don’t feel like I have warmed up.
So I decided to make soup. That will help me warm up right? Plus we need leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Win-win.
This is the easiest soup to make and it is so delicious. You literally throw everything in and let it bubble away.
I started by chopping up 1/2 an onion, 3 carrots and 3 stalks of celery and adding it to the slow cooker.
Next I added in 1 cup of dried split peas and 1 cup of lentils (whatever color you have on hand).
Then 1/2 teaspoon each of dried marjoram, dried basil, salt and pepper.
I poured 3 cups of water and 3 cups chicken broth over the lentils and veggies.
Finally I put the ham steak on top.
It needs to cook on low for 7-8 hours.
At the end of cooking, I take out the ham steak and get rid of the little bone. I shred up the ham and put it back in the soup.
We like to eat our split pea soup with a little bit of mustard on top.
The Verdict- So delicious…and relatively healthy! This is the perfect rainy day soup.