Saturday, March 5, 2011

I wish you could smell this......

as it smells so good.

On Friday I made a big pot of pea and ham soup.  I had a couple of ham bones in the freezer that I wanted to use up.

I also made some bread rolls, and while they were cooking I popped a rhubarb crisp in the oven to cook as well.   I put tin foil under the rhubarb crisp as I had visions of it running over all over my oven, even though I mixed the rhubarb with sugar and cornstarch to thicken the juices.

I am trying to clean out the upstairs freezer.  I have found another dozen bananas in there that I need to do something with.  Also found another ham bone, so may make another pot of soup and freeze it.

I first saw this idea over at Carol's blog about making little dresses out of pillowcases for girls in Africa.  What a lovely idea and you can go wild with all the neat things you could embellish them with.  They are also looking for shorts for the boys as well.  I need to look at the clearance racks of stores when I am out to get some for dirt cheap and make them up, as you can get some really pretty patterns in pillowcases.

Carol always has some neat links on her blog.  She is such a giving person.

I was reading this post about when we were down in Charleston South Carolina in 2008.  Come hell or high water we ARE going on vacation in 2012, as it's been much too long since we have been away now.


joolzmac said...

Hi Gill

I just posted a Banana Bread recipe on my blog - it is super easy and so yummy.

Oh, that Pea and Ham soup looks so hearty. I might have to try that in my Le Creuset dutch oven this winter. I love, love, love soup!

Cheers - Joolz

JohnD said...

I love pea and Ham soup - unfortunately, Rhonda is 'lentil intolerant'!

Here's my recipe:

1 onion, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon olive oil
500g dried green split peas
1 ham hock or bone
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Pinch of dried chili flakes

1. In a medium saucepan, fry onions in oil for about `1 minute. Remove from heat and add split peas and ham hock or bone. Add enough water to cover ingredients, and season with salt, pepper and chili flakes.
2. Cover, and cook until there are no peas left, just a green liquid, about 2 hours. While it is cooking, check to see if water has evaporated. You may need to add more water as the soup continues to cook.

Tracy aka Mad Quilter said...

Oh Yum, I don't need to smell it to know how good it would taste! I can't wait for the cooler weather here so I can enjoy some too. I'm off to check the link to the pillowcase dresses.

Valerie said...

Mouthwatering food, Gill. I could have done with some of that soup to warm me through on this icy morning.

that british woman s brother said... say you have found some banana's and a ham bone in the freezer and now you are going to make some soup
what ham and banana soup ...yuk...

Scrappy quilter said...

Hubby loves pea and ham soup. I never make it because the smell of pea soup makes me gag!!!

Thanks for mentioning my blog and the pillowcases for dresses. It's such a worthy cause and so fun to do. btw...check our my post tomorrow. Hugs

Karine said...

Oh, yum, yum, yum!!! All of that looks amazing!

Jake said...

MMM my kind of soup, reminds me to check my freezer for ham bones. My peas oup is always green whereas Hubby likes yellow!

I also have a bag full of bananas that need to be baked!!

Stephanie V said...

Oh, yum! I can smell it...ham & pea soup is my all-time favorite. With fresh, home-made bread and a rhubarb crisp? Absolute heaven.

Lakeland Jo said...

I love pea and ham soup ( sadly it doesn't love me too well). All your cooking always looks divine Gill. Can I come and stay?

Star said...

All those items look delicious, especially the soup. I love pea and ham soup!
When you make rhubarb crumble, here is a tip my mother in law gave me. She told me to cook the rhubarb very gently first, then pour off the excess juice. Next add the sugar or honey and then top with the crumble mix. That way you will never have too much juice and the sweetness is more intense.
Did you make the bread yourself?

LizBeth said...

Do you do deliveries??? Pre-packing and organizing; too tired for much. ~Liz

angela said...

That soup looks sooooo yummo!
If only you were close enough to just drop in. I would just for a bowl of that with one of your bread rolls. Ohhh and I wouldnt say no to dessert.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Pea soup was one my dad favors. My mom would grade some carrots with it.

Coffee is on.

Rose said...

I wish I could smell your soup, too...had some type of sore throat/feel yukky type of thing and any kind of soup sounds good.