Today I am in limbo, my mood has somewhat elevated since I woke up this morning. The weather has a enormous impact on my mood. Earlier, the heavens decided to open, unleashing what seemed like an oceans worth of rainfall. I despise two things; rain and the cold, on the contrary I love the sunshine and the warmth it radiates.However, I’m more melancholy when it pours with rain, maybe I suffer from SADS?
Thankfully as the rain began to cease, the sun peered through the ominous dark clouds. Perhaps I can go for that long power walk as I had previously planned (fingers crossed people).
Enough of my weather rant, I made some pea and parsley soup for my loved ones today and needless to say it went down a treat. Garden peas are not really a crop I tend to eat religiously, in fact, I seldom eat them whole. My chosen method of cooking peas is pureed in a soup.
There is much controversy surrounding crops like soya beans, papaya, corn, peas, sugarbeets, cotton seed oil just to name a few. Scientists have been hybridizing crops for years now and the effects that it has had on human being is still inconclusive. As I learn more about GMO crops I will be sure to share my knowledge with you all.
I always recommend purchasing organic food where possible because the farming methods are free from artificial chemicals, pesticides and other harmful substances like fertiliser. Sadly organic isn’t always available nor is it affordable for some, hopefully this list will help to filter out those questionable foods.
Whenever I cook with garden peas I do one of two things; either source them locally from a trustworthy farmers market or purchase them organic. On this occasion, the cost is outweighed by the infrequency in purchasing, so rest assured, they are numerous ways to enjoy some of our favourite foods without compromising our health.
For this recipe I used my homemade butter and vegetable stock which I will include a link towards the end of the post. Traditionally pea and parsley soup is enriched with a heavy cream, as I wanted to stay within the realm of being dairy free I used coconut milk. The taste isn’t altered at all, infact it replicates the creaminess of cows milk.
This soup is low carb, with a healthy balance of starch, vitamin b which help to boost metabolism, folic acid – an essential vitamin for expectant mothers to prevent defects in new born babies. High in iron which help to transport oxygen in the blood stream, keeping anemia at bay and vitamin k – assists with the formation of platelets (red blood cells which stop excessive bleeding).
- 1tbsp of coconut oil
- 1tbsp of dairy butter (see post for homemade recipe)
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 300ml of vegetable stock (see post for homemade recipe)
- 200ml of coconut milk (see post for homemade recipe)
- 1½ cup of organic garden peas
- ¾ cup of flat leaf parsley (without the stalks)
- 3 sprigs of thyme (or 1tbsp of dried thyme)
- ⅛ tsp of himalayan pink salt
- In a saucepan under low heat, sautee the onions until slightly brown with the coconut oil and butter.
- Start to add the thyme, parsley, garden peas and vegetable stock and leave to simmer for 5-7 minutes.
- After 7 minutes, the peas should be tender, so stir in the pink salt and coconut milk and simmer for another minute.
- Finally transfer the soup mixture into a high speed blender and pulse for 2 minutes.
Ensure to sautee onions as caramelizing is a flavour enhancer.
Use dried herbs as a substitute, taste may vary