My modification of Australian chef Huey's version of Canadian Habitant Soup! Posted for the 2005 Zaar World Tour. The preparation and cooking times below do not include the overnight soaking of the split peas.
Place split peas, carrots, celery, leeks, onion, garlic, bacon, thyme, parsley and stock to cover in a large pot. Put lid on, bring to the boil and simmer rapidly for about 1 hour, or until the peas are very tender.
Blend the soup and season to taste. Serve sprinkled with a little pepper with warm crusty rolls.
Chef's Notes: Terrill has commented in her review that split peas do not need to be soaked. From my experience of using split peas, I would agree: I have never soaked split peas before, but that's what Huey specified in his recipe, and that bit I retained, though I have modified the recipe in other ways. Some people always salt eggplant before using it; others don't etc. etc.! So if you are making this recipe, feel free to decide on this point for yourself!