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 :)