Blustery days and and a bowl of hot, hearty soup go together.
Busy days and soup go together.
I've been packing. And packing. And packing.
So far, seventeen boxes of china.
Yep - that's right - I said seventeen. Boxes of china.
And then cleaned out the basement. There I found three truckloads of miscellany fit to go to St. Vincent's. And three giant bags of garbage fit to go to the road.
At the end of the day I was so relieved to have put a pot of bean soup on to simmer.
Try it on your next busy day. It would probably work in a crock pot too, if you're not going to be home.
In a large stock pot or dutch oven place:
1 smoked pork hock or meaty ham bone.
3 cups dried white beans or black eyed peas
2 large potatoes, halved
2 medium carrots, in large chunks
2 yellow onions, chopped
2 bay leaves
rosemary or thyme ( whichever or neither )
freshly ground pepper
Cover generously with water ( start with 8 cups and add more if necessary )
Simmer until beans are tender and vegetables are soft.
Remove pork hock or ham bone and pick off and chop the meat,
Use a potato masher to chop up the potatoes and carrot in the pot.
OK - now the secret ingredient - pour in about 1/4 cup or so of molasses.
It improves the colour and makes it super yummy.
( it's even better the next day )