Today’s Yellow Split Pea Soup is a riff on a childhood favorite. This soup was a constant in my house growing up and a particular favorite of my dad’s. My rendition is different than the one I grew up with. For one thing, my mother always used green split peas not yellow. But yellow was what was available at my local grocery store and I was feeling mildly adventurous. There are a few other differences that I will discuss in greater detail. But apart from that, this is my childhood in a bowl. And while it may not be the prettiest bowl of soup in the world, it is, in my humble opinion, the most comforting. The bias of nostalgia is real, though, so take my assessment with a grain of salt.
We got a lot of snow this week. 40cm to be exact. And I love it. Of course, I feel for all the people inconvenienced by this dramatic weather event. But I do love a good blizzard and I love the opportunity to snowshoe, cross country ski, and generally act like an excitable puppy in a snowbank. But sadly, we’re in for rain followed by a swift drop in temperature. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I despise icy conditions almost as much as I hate cold rain. But there is a silver lining to this yoyoing weather activity. There will be every excuse to huddle over a simmering pot of this Thai Fish Cake Noodle Soup. This baby was made for wet socks and dampened spirits, so let’s dive right in.
I am no fan of winter. There’s not much to like about this season, in my opinion. Sure, the snow can be pretty but in a big city, it tends to go gray. And yes, the absence of humidity does lead to good hair days. But no one can appreciate my hair because it’s plastered to my head underneath a toque. Basically, you spend 3-4 months covered in so many layers of clothing that you’re more or less egg-shaped, which isn’t great for the ol’ self-esteem. So I do nothing more than try and survive this season. And my winter survival plan always includes having something simmering on the stove. Crafting low and slow dishes keeps me focused, cozy, and yes happy. And today’s Chicken Meatball Mulligatawny Soup is one of those dishes that so firmly put a smile on my face.
The winter is here in full force and I don’t have much to say about it because, well, I don’t want to start a new year of recipes off with negativity in my heart. So instead, I will highlight my favorite winter activity – refining my comfort food skills. When my world turns into a frozen tundra, I fall back on my favorites. Classic dishes that tickle my nostalgia and warm my toes. That’s why it’s lucky that we’re starting 2022 with another installment in my Overthinking Classics series. Today, we’re tackling what I think is the most January-friendly dish of all time – French Onion Soup.