It has been a few days since my last post. For days now I have been fighting a cold, but I didn’t want to leave my readers without some form of conversational snack to nibble on. After my “Comforting Memories” post in which I discussed my yearning for Red Pea Soup, I finally got my wish! I received some partial recipes here and there for the soup and managed to place everything together to make it! I decided I would make it on Monday since it was Martin Luther King Day and there was no work I would have a full day to take as long as I wanted to make my masterpiece. It took some time. Soaking beans, chopping vegetables, boiling things down, making dumplings…it can be tedious to some. But for the cook looking for her next adventure, it was game on! I haven’t eaten this soup since my grandfather died over 5 years ago and I couldn’t wait to taste my results. I could feel the anticipation building inside for that first spoonful I got to taste on my tongue. The kitchen smelled amazing. All my ingredients were lined up and ready to go. I must admit. I had never made dumplings before this day. However, I have made cakes, cookies, and biscuits all from scratch so I couldn’t see it being that bad. It was actually easier than I thought! After a few hours, the brew was complete. The appearance of the soup was so familiar and the aroma that much more inviting. Below is a picture of my hard work.
I have learned that if I limit my mind to say I cannot do something, I probably won’t be able to. But if I open my mind and say I can do anything I put my mind to, I am amazed. I can now continue to make this soup for my household and the rest of my family. We can reminiscence about the old times while filling our bellies with a hearty meal. I get to then keep the recipe and share it with the children I have and then they can do the same. Whether they realize it or not, my grandparents’ influence has created a legacy greater than they could have ever thought. It’s not about money, houses, or cars. It’s about love, laughter, and life. A huge piece of that legacy lives within me and I am glad to be able to share it with the world. I have chosen to reveal the recipe I used for the Red Pea Soup in its entirety. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!