Saturday, 11 August 2012
WW Smoky lime split peas for a small world
cornbread. My challenge was to find a split pea recipe that I could serve with it. I don't cook with split peas that often. Just the occasional soup. I read a post by Janet of the Tastespace on Split pea dal with ginger and lime. She posed the question: if you could only have 4 spices in your kitchen, what would they be? Mine would be smoked paprika, cumin, mustard and cinnamon. So it is perhaps a bit predictable that I went for the smoky lime flavours of Mexico for the split peas.
As Janet found, the split peas are quite watery but they thicken as they cool. I found the easiest way to serve them was in a small bowl on the plate. Alternatively they could be served in a bowl with extra vegies on top. I enjoyed dredging my cornbread through the split pea stew. This made me think, it could even be eaten as a dip with vegies and corn chips. If you are seeking a different sort of snack for watching tv sport.
According to Sylvia, the Olympians were swimming at our local pool. She has also showed me where cartoon characters Gaspard and Lisa live in the next suburb to us, and when she was given playdough by a friend, she said that my mum must have made it and given to it to this friend for Sylvia. Apparently she thought my mum is the only person in the world to make playdough.
I understand this feeling of the world being so small. When I was a child, I remember thinking that Daryl Somers (a local television star) and Donna Summer (American disco diva) were related because their surnames sounded the same. I even thought the kids up the road were our Prime Minister's grandchildren because they shared the same surname. It probably wasn't so odd, given that anyone who shared a surname in our small town usually was related. I even remember visiting the cemetery with a friend (as you do) and finding a gravestone with her name on it. Turned out it was her great-grandmother.
I am sending these smoky lime split peas to Ricki for her Wellness Weekends event.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Besan Vegetable Frittata and a week of eats
Two years ago: Rhubarb crumble x 2
Three years ago: Walnut Brownies
Four years ago: WTSIM ... Beer Bread
Five years ago: SHF #34: Pumpkin scones
Smoky lime split peas
Adapted from Tastespace and allrecipes
serves about 4
2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 parsnip, peeled and diced
1 yellow capsicum, diced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 cup yellow split peas
4 cups water
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chilli paste, or to taste
juice of 1 small lime
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Fry the onion, celery, parsnip and capsicum for about 5-10 minutes or until vegetables are softening at the edges. (I add vegies in that order as I chop them.) Add garlic, smoked paprika, cumin and allspice. Stir for about 1 minute and then add in split peas, water, salt and chilli paste. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 1 hour or until split peas are cooked but not mushy. Stir in lime juice and serve.
On the stereo:
The Best of Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield