This pea came from nataliedee.com
Apparently people eat pea soup. I’ve always been aware of this on some level.
Recently I bought a can of Progresso split pea with ham. I even ate it. I don’t know why. There are certainly other ways to get ham. I like fresh or frozen peas but not canned peas and what are the peas in pea soup but the very dregs of canned peas? Oh, but wait, these are “split peas.” What’s the diff? According to “Jinga” on veggieboards.com: “split peas taste good and peas are yucky.” OK, thank you! Actually, a little more digging revealed that split peas are in fact a legume and peas are vegetables. BO-ring.
I wonder who came up with the idea to make soup out of peas. Imagine how differently US history would’ve turned out if Linda Blair had eaten Chicken with Stars or Alphabet Vegetable. No, when you want a good projectile-vomit soup, you go straight to the pea. I think the message is clear: pea soup is the devil’s soup.
Is this to be eaten?
This doesn’t look too bad. I imagined it to be thicker, a more bilious green. I’m pretty sure The Exorcist soup was more like pea puree. No spritely chunks of carrot or ham, that I recall.
Adhering to my philosophy that anything tastes OK with enough pepper, I dipped in my spoon. If you close your eyes, it’s almost like eating bean soup. Can the peas somehow be avoided? Yes! the peas sink to the bottom. So the key is to not stir up the peas, just carefully skim the surface for the non-pea ingredients.
A perfectly acceptable spoonful of potato, ham, and a single pea
Because, yes, one pea per spoonful is OK. What you DON’T want is something like this:
Here there be peas
Now I don’t know who would put that in their mouth. Oh, yeah. THE DEVIL!
What I hate about soup like this is that if you don’t want to finish it (and you never do), you either (1) use the drain-catcher-thing to pour it out and make a big mess or (2) put it in a Tupperware container where it will sit in the fridge until you resort to method 1.
A big mess
And now you know how to eat (and safely dispose of) pea soup! In Part 2: I Projectile Vomit Pea Soup so you don’t have to!