So - Let me tell you a little story about a girl who was traumatize by vegetables as a child. Her parents “forced” her to eat at least 5 bites of each veggie that was on her plate at dinner. If she didn't eat all five bites - NO DESSERT! Awful right?! Then she grows up, moves across the country and can’t get enough of her veggies. So, I guess she wasn't all that tramuatize.
(Thanks Mom and Dad for making me eat my veggies) :)
Seriously though, I didn’t really eat vegetables until college and didn't try peas again until last year because of said experiences (I remember crying at the dinner table one time because I hated them so much). I still don’t eat them on a regular basis, although, I wouldn’t be opposed to it. Split Pea Soup is one way that helped me re-introduced them into my life.
This soup is thick, warm, and well...good.
My favorite way to eat it is with a little smoke gouda, croutons, a pinch of curry powder and dash of worcestershire sauce. Tonight, I had two bowls, one with curry and one without. Good stuff.
Also, I think this with be really great if you make it without the ham for a vegetarian version. Like this one from 101 Cookbooks.
P.S I know this soup is ugly. Really ugly. But it's good. Trust me.