Winter is quickly approaching here in Australia. I love winter cooking! It gets colder and you want to turn the stove and oven on and you crave the hot bowls of soup and stew.
Last week we had a rainy coldish day and I jumped right on it with an easy one pot winter meal. Split pea and ham soup did the trick! Pea and ham soup is a great one to make when you’ve had a big family ham dinner and have a bone left over. However, no need to wait until then to whip up a pot. Check with your butcher for ham hocks (I’ve seen them call bacon hocks here too) or go to the deli and ask there. Many times they will have ham bones on hand. I found mine at Queen Vic Market in the deli hall. He was quite happy to sell it to me and there was still a fair bit of meat on the bone.
It’s no big secret; we eat very well. Some are very rich and hearty meals. Comforting like a warm fluffy blanket. Part of enjoying all of those rich and delicious meals is balancing them with lighter, yet equally satisfying dishes. Something basic and simple and clean. This is one of our go to dinners when we need something healthy, hot, simple and satisfying.
I like to serve this soup in these cute little red woks that I found at a local kitchen shop. The soup you see in them is just barely two cups. The woks aren’t really big enough to cook in but are fun for serving!
I love soup. Any time of year. Hot weather. Cold weather. I just really don’t care. I generally prefer my soup hot rather than cold but I can get down with a chilled cucumber and dill every now and then.