I'm submitting this, after answering a request for a recipe that is like the canned Habitant Pea Soup made in Canada. I got it from an old booklet published years ago by Chatelaine Magazine, in which all the recipes are suppose to be Heirloom Canadian recipes. I have not made this recipe, but I plan to as soon as I have a ham bone.
- Place peas in a soup pot, cover with the cold water and soak overnight. Next morning add the chopped vegetables, ham bone and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then lower heat, cover and simmer gently for 3 to 4 hours. Stir mixture occasionally and add a little boiling water to keep soup at the right consistency. Remove the ham bone and add seasonings. Amount of salt will depend on the saltiness of ham bone.
- Note: If soup is served at once, it will need no binding. If to be chilled and set aside for later, add 2 tablespoons each, well creamed butter and flour, smoothed together and stirred into the simmering soup 10 to 15 minutes before removing from heat.