Monday, January 4, 2010

Hibernating with the bears (or the Lews)

The Northeast has been spending some significant time in subarctic conditions. There is no improvement in sight... It's that time of year when I refuse all social events and avoid leaving the house. I make excuses not to take my kids to school. What to do when you stay home all day? Eat soup.

Golden Split Pea Soup
  • 3 cups chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 cup yellow split peas
  • 7 cups water
  • 2 cups peeled & cubed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup peeled & cubed apples
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon tamari or liquid aminos
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro

Sautee onions in olive oil.
Add spices & ginger and cook for another minute.
Add split peas, water, sweet potatoes, apples and chili powder.
Bring to a boil & simmer for 40 minutes.
Combine chopped tomatoes with lime juice and tamari.
Allow tomatoes to marinade while soup simmers.
Add tomatoes to soup.
Puree soup in batches.
Serve with chopped cilantro.

Here's to staying warm,


  1. YUM! sounds amazing! what is liquid aminos?

  2. Liquid Aminos is made by Bragg's. It's like tamari - more watery though. It contains many amino acids and is a great addition to soups and pasta dishes.

  3. we hibernated with the lews in spirit today as we enjoyed your soup recipe. the cumin taste is new to my kids and they finished their bowls! thanks for blogging! great work!

  4. Thanks for the feedback Gittel. I'm glad your family enjoyed the soup.