I chose split peas for this week because I’ve had some sitting in a canister on my counter for longer than I’d like to admit. :) I have a delicious split pea soup recipe that I’ve used before, but I wanted to try something completely different for this challenge. After searching for ideas, I settled on Greek Fava. The recipe wasn’t hard to make – mostly just simmered a long time. I had to make some adjustments to the original recipe to take it from “meh” to good. My modified recipe is below. I have no idea if it actually tastes like Greek Fava should taste, but I like it.
Hard to believe this but I ended up having to order split peas from Amazon. I guess the locals can't get jiggy with them. While I awaited their arrival I searched the world wide web for non-split pea soup recipes. I had one picked out for the challenge. In the meantime, I was at the local Dollar General with a friend and she pointed out a bunch of new books. Well, new to the local DG. Normally I don't give their selection of books a second glance. This time one grabbed my attention. I Jamie Oliver cookbook. A hardback for $3.00. I thought if it sucks I'm only out three bucks. I brought it home and gave it a once over. Guess what? A recipe involving yellow split peas. The very type of peas that I ordered. But here is thing, it's split pea soup. In reading the recipe I suddenly had a strong desire for split pea soup. So I went with straight up obvious after the challenge of obtaining split peas. Something exotic and rare in Green Country Oklahoma. My photo does not make it look appetizing but I assure you that I enjoyed every spoonful.
What do you make with split peas, I ask? Well, the hubs requested Split Pea Soup weeks ago when the weather was cooler. At the time, I was not very interested in making this request but changed my tune when it became a challenge before me. I was intimidated by split peas because I had not cooked with them before. And like my lima bean massacre last year, the split peas in this recipe were actually way overcooked, but the soup was actually even better than I could have imagined! The broken peas made the soup a little thicker in consistency, but the chicken flavor, vegetables, and fresh herbs made this soup crave-able! Matt was even caught burping to get a second taste!!
🤣 Must try for sure!
When I saw this weeks challenge of split peas I really wanted to make something other than the expected split pea soup. What a happy day when I found this recipe.
These were sooooo good.. I mean if you like falafel, you will love this recipe. Regular falafel kicked up a couple of notches.
I made a Tzatziki sauce to go with. perfect combo
Jen's first week looks like it was a success. Several ways to prepare a simple ingredient. All good.
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