I interrupt this personal retrospective to bring you a random recipe.
Weather today: constant warm rain. I chose to walk home rather than take the bus, splishing my way through every puddle I could find. By the time I arrived the fog was rolling in. Thankfully I had a plan and materials on hand to make it happen…
- 1 medium onion, very finely diced
- 3 large or 6 small cloves of garlic, finely minced
- 3 Tbl bacon fat (which naturally you save in your fridge)
- 1 lb dried split peas
- 2 qts roasted pork stock (I can’t be the only person to keep this on hand)
- 1 lb smoked sausage (kielbasa, etc.), cut into small dice
- juice of one lemon
- freshly ground pepper
- Melt the bacon fat in a dutch oven or large heavy pot then sauté the onions and garlic until soft
- Add the peas and stock. Bring to a boil then drop to a simmer, slap a top on it and let it bubble away until the peas all break down (an hour or so). Go check the net or something.
- Add the smoked sausage, replace the top and let bubble for another half hour or so. Once more with the net checking.
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Stir in the lemon juice
This pushed all the right buttons tonight. It was warm, stupid easy to make and very, very tasty.
Ideas for future changes, should I feel like actually working at it rather than just tossing it together on a foggy weeknight:
- Though the sausage is pre-cooked, get a good brown on it first before adding it to simmer in the soup.
- Consider garnishes. Creme fraiche? Caramelized onions? Chervil?
- Hit it with the immersion blender (aka “motorboat”) before adding the sausage. The onions/garlic were small and soft but still apparent.
- Man, wouldn’t a fresh, hot slab of soda bread slathered in melting butter have been a nice addition?
Anyway, that’s your random (and impromptu) recipe. Hopefully the next post will be the car one that I promised earlier (though I’m sure most of you prefer reading the recipe).