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split pea soup

split pea soup with ham

Have you heard of the nursery rhyme about peas porridge?  If not, here it is:  peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.  This nursery rhyme is a reflection of a time when fireplaces not only heated homes but were used as the main source for cooking.  A large pot would be placed over the flames and ingredients from whatever was on hand would go inside.  Water was added and the soup was replenished each day with additional ingredients.  And, like the nursery rhyme says, this could go on for nine days.  Continue Reading →