Needless to say we have been having frigid weather here in Toronto these past few weeks. What better way to warm your belly than a hearty soup.
This one is particularly dear to my heart. My grandpa [dziadek in Polish], who still lives in Poland makes a soup which tastes just like this. This soup literally tastes like my childhood. Sometimes certain tastes and smells bring me right back to being a kid. I have tried several times to get the recipe form my grandpa, but you know how it goes, nothing is measured and ingredients are forgotten, or maybe it’s a big secret and grandparents magically omit an ingredient or two. Since I don’t have the luxury to be there and write the recipe down while watching my grandpa make the soup, I have been on the hunt to find a recipe which tastes just like it. This one does, exactly, and although my grandpa never used a slow cooker, the end result is belly warming goodness.
1 smoked ham hock
1 pound yellow split peas
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
5 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried thyme
Rinse the ham hock.
Place everything in the slow cooker.
Cook on low for 8hrs or on high for 4 hrs.
Using tongs, remove the ham hock, when cool enough, pick off the meat, and discard the skin and bones.
Chop the meat into small pieces, return to slow cooker and stir.
Serve with nice crusty bread.
Recipe adapted from: http://www.realsimple.com/