British Week – Buckingham Palace Cream Of Pea Soup

In honor of the lovely new Queen Boadicea, I’m declaring the next seven days “British Week” here on Romancing the Bee!

We will celebrate English cooking, gardening and beekeeping! ย Okay, I know I do that a lot already, but the Queen deserves a proper celebration!

With a few scary exceptions (Marmite. Jellied eels. Dormice on a stick.), I’m quite fond of English Food. The following recipe is exceptional!

Buckingham Palace Cream of Pea Soup

2 cups split peas
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup finely diced salt pork
1 medium onion, well chopped
1 medium carrot, well chopped
2 leeks (the green parts only, well chopped)
1 cup spinach, well chopped
bay leaf
1 pinch thyme
1 cup stock
salt, to taste
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
Cover two cups of split peas with water and allow to soak for a little over one hour.

Pour off the water and put the peas into a large saucepan with one quart fresh water. Add salt. Bring to a boil and skim the water, the cover the pan and simmer steadily.

Melt one tablespoon of butter in a soup kettle and drop in 1/2 cup of finely diced salt pork. Cook until the pork begins to brown. Add onion and saute until soft but not brown. Now add the carrot, tops of the leeks and spinach. Drop in a small piece of bay leaf and a pinch of thyme.

Cook for a few minutes more and then pour in the partly cooked peas with their water. Continue to cook for about one hour, or until the peas are very soft. Rub the soup through a fine sieve and add one cup of stock, then bring back to a boil.

Season to taste with salt and add honey, butter and heavy cream.

19 thoughts on “British Week – Buckingham Palace Cream Of Pea Soup

  1. Emily Heath says:

    Woo British Week!

    The secret to British cooking is that the weather is flipping cold and wet here, so we all need cheering up with filling, cosy stodge like pies, roasts with yorkshire puddings, toad-in-the-hole, spotted dick etc. Delicate our cuisine is not.

  2. British week sound really fun!! can’t wait!

  3. maria says:

    Shepherd’s pie is one of my favorites ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. nutsfortreasure says:

    Can’t wait to try this one Pea Soup has always been my favorite! Crazy huh lol New Englanders through and through

    • I love pea soup, and no one makes it like the British!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • nutsfortreasure says:

        Well my ancestors must have passed some good notes down lol my Mom always makes it good Dad always dunked Choc. cookies into his lol we children were not allowed to do that! lol
        awe the memories

  5. Simple Farming says:

    I really like Marmite, but must admit that I like Vegemite better. I suppose there is no accounting for taste. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. jmgoyder says:

    Yum – great recipe. So do you prefer vegemite to marmite?

  7. megtraveling says:

    A lovely dish for a royal occasion! And it looks delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

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