Last Saturday evening we celebrated Earth Hour from 8.30 - 9.30 p.m.
I decided to stick with the pea soup that I had planned. So on Friday night I placed a cup and a half of split peas to soak in a pot overnight.
The next morning I peeled two large carrots, and a potato, and after dicing them, I added them to the pot with the rinsed soaked split peas.
Adding a couple of cups of boiling water, some crushed garlic and chopped mixed herbs I placed them on the stove to boil for 15 - 20 minutes. Do not add any salt at this stage - otherwise your pea's will not soften.
Then I placed a lid on top and quickly popped the pot into the old toy box filled with shredded paper. The pot was then covered with an old pillow-slip filled with more shredded paper.
They merrily cooked away until 4.30 that afternoon - a total of 9 hours in the hay box. I returned the pot to the stove, and after boiling it again for 10 - 15 minutes I pulled out the potato masher. Squishing and squelching, the vegetables gave in to the pressure from above. I didn't use a blender to blitz it smooth because we like quite a coarse soup - makes you feel like you actually eaten something, as opposed to just slurping down a meal.
Taste for seasoning, add a swirl of cream and serve with a fresh roll or two - an easy, low fuel meal which is filling, satisfying and delicious :)
Hard to believe that a few years ago, whenever we felt like pea soup, I used to leave a pot simmering on the stove for hours. What a waste of power. It feels good that no grid power whatsoever was used in the production of this meal - erm - apart from the rolls. And it was eaten by candlelight.
We are hoping to go to the farm tomorrow morning for the Easter weekend - we have a chimney to seal before anymore rain drips onto, and into, my Dover stove. If you don't hear from me - that is where we are. I'll catch up with you all again next week.
Happy Easter - if you're venturing onto the roads, drive safely, and take care :)
"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003