Happy New Year y’all!
I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve and relaxing day recuperating from the festivities.
Last night we had dinner at our friends’ place and it was a lovely, but long night, too long for this morning person! How I survived ‘till midnight, without falling asleep, I still don’t know. (Not that you could sleep with a house full of kids, I’m hoarse from trying to talk over the noise. )
Anyway this morning I got up bright and early, the usual 6 ish and finished cooking my pea soup. New Year’s Day just wouldn’t be the same without it. My granny Jean, was very superstitious and used to say that you weren’t going to have a good year unless you had a bowl of her pea soup. It is in any case a Bermudian/ Moniz tradition and one I plan to keep up, here in Switzerland.
Last year, I used a recipe from the Canadian Bible Society’s 100th Celebration Cookbook (French Canadian Pea Soup- Montreal District), but as it left out a lot of things my mom puts in hers, I did some research online and was able to find a recipe from Lindo’s,( a supermarket back home). You can check it out on my Pinterest page.
After Skyping my mom for her own version, I basically combined the two, to come up with something that resembles hers and my granny’s. I was pretty happy with it, only had to add salt (always forget). (Of course it would be a lot easier if my mom, would just write these things down! Not like the disaster where she left out a very important ingredient when she was telling me over the phone how to make her pancakes!!!)
I was so happy to make a traditionally Bermudian dish for this holiday season. It’s the only thing that I can make, since we don’t have farine or cassava here. As we don’t have big hams here for Christmas, I didn’t get to carry on the tradition of recycling the ham bone or use the nice leftover ham. Instead I used a couple of ham hocks which had a bit of ham on them, but it was still delicious.
Aside from the soup, I’ve just been enjoying the last of the holidays with Yves, and my family back in Bermuda (over Skype). Yves and I have been watching Heartland again, while I tackle more hand quilting.
More on that when I’ve fully recovered from the holidays!!!
Have a great day and a terrific 2014!
P.S. Hope you enjoy my impressions of my New Year’s Eve and Day!
P.P.S Sorry for rambling again, and sorry I didn’t get to edit this very long post!