This is what it looked like this morning when I opened my door - cold and really miserable, ugghh (sigh)
And look at the tree .. so bare .. no leaves. Winter is really here .. duh, Linda, Autumn ends in 9 days!
Most people, I'm one of them, complain during Summer "..it's too hot.." and "..I can't stand this heat any longer.." .
Then of course, we wish for Winter ".. because you can layer.." . Nonsense, no matter how many layers of clothes we put on .. it's still COLD ! And guess what?? We wish for Summer ... that's life.
Today is also my daughter's, Cheri, first day at a real job .. she matriculated last year, but wants to work while studying. I felt so bad for her this morning, I mean, really, first day at work and the weather is like this! But as she has a
awesome good Mom, she was taught to layer.
Right, just to be fair, I felt bad for my son, Dimitri, as well. ( just in case he reads this post ..) He left an hour earlier than his sister. Even though they are no longer little kids, Mommy still wants to keep them warm and close .. don't we all?
On a day like today, soup is a good, comforting kinda thing to have. My granny used to make us some Split Pea Soup - when it was cold or we were ill. I have fond memories of curling up somewhere with a good book and Gran would make this soup .. now this was when I was still in primary school (just mentioning "primary school" to make a point - even as a kid I loved this green soup). Why don't kids like green stuff anyway? Dimitri hates anything green, always had .. but not this Split Pea Soup.
Split Pea Soup with Minced Meat-Slow Cooker
500g Split Peas (found with the Lentils, Beans in the supermarket)
3 Medium Onions, chopped
3 liters Cold Water (a little less will be needed) *
4 Medium Potatoes
250 - 300g Extra Lean Minced Beef
Salt & Pepper
1.) Evening before: Rinse the Split peas in a colander under running cold water.
2.) Place the Split peas in the slow cooker (I use my smaller, 3 liter, cooker for this recipe).
3.) Add the chopped Onions to the Split peas and top-up with the Cold water, leaving approximately a 2.5cm (1 inch) gap from the top *
4.) Set your cooker on high and let it do it's magic while you go to bed.
5.) Next morning: you will wake-up to a wonderful smell, .. Peel the Potatoes and cut into cubes - add to the cooker together with the Minced beef.
6.) Stir/mix all very well - the Split peas will be quite thick by now - break-up any lumps of meat, if any.
7.) Set slow cooker to low if you're having it for dinner or leave on high if having it between 12 and 2 for lunch. Now, go to work, do some shopping or whatever - it needs no more attention until just before serving.
8.) A few minutes before serving: Use a potato masher and mash everything, it will be very soft, so no heavy lifting needed. It is a thick soup. Season with Salt & Pepper (start slowly, taste and adjust to your preference)