Pea and Mint soup

From the 19th Century I have taken a split pea soup (sometimes called a London Peculiar as it was named after the smog “peculiar” to London) and from the 20th century I have taken a fresh pea and mint soup. Blend them together and we have created a 21st century soup complete with a garnish of petit pois. How lucky are you my little time travellers.

Ingredients

300g Green Split peas

300g Frozen peas (reserve a handful for garnish)

1 stick celery diced

1 Carrot diced

1 Leek sliced

1Onion diced

1.2l Vegetable stock

Bay leaf

½ tsp Cumin

1 tbsp Fresh mint

1 tsp Mint sauce

25g Butter

Directions

Soak the split peas for at least 4hrs – this makes them quicker to cook. In a large pan melt the butter and add the celery, onions, leeks and carrots sauté until soft add the cumin split peas bay leaf and vegetable stock bring to the boil and simmer for about 40 minutes until the green split peas have begun to break down. Add the frozen peas, remove the bay leaf and blend. Add the chopped fresh mint and the mint sauce check for seasoning, decorate with a few reserved whole peas.

Health benefits

Peas are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, thiamine (vitamin B1), iron and phosphorus. They are rich in protein, carbohydrate and fibre, and low in fat. Peas may help prevent certain types of cancer: for example, in one study they were linked to lower rates of prostate cancer. They are good for the heart because they are a rich source of soluble fibre, which enables the body to reduce its blood cholesterol level. They may also protect against appendicitis.

Mint contains a number of vitamins and minerals, which are vital to maintain a healthy body. Mint is rich in Vitamins A and C and also contains smaller amounts of Vitamin B2. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant and may help to decrease the risk of certain cancers such as colon and rectal cancer. Although mint may be consumed in small quantities, the vital nutrients obtained are still beneficial to one’s health.

Mint also contains a wide range of essential minerals such as manganese, copper, iron, potassium and calcium

. Did You know…

Garden peas were an absolute craze in the Royal French Court in the seventeenth century. They were eaten like a delicious sin (bit like we eat chocolate).
Madame de Maintenon, mistress of Louis XIV wrote in 1669: “There are ladies who, after having dined, and dined well, eat garden peas in their own quarters before going to bed.”

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