Pea Soup Recipe – Vegan and Gluten Free

Gluten Free Pea Soup RecipeIngredients:
8 cups water
2 cups dried split peas
2 onions, diced
2 stalks celery
1 sweet potato
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup green onions, diced
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste.

Place the onions, celery, garlic and green onions into a blender with just enough water to blend properly. Once completely smooth, place into a soup pot with 8 cups of water, the sweet potato, lemon juice, smoked paprika (mimics meat flavor found in traditional pea soup), and 2 cups of dry split peas. Simmer on low until the peas have completely cooked and begin to fall apart. Mash the sweet potato evenly into the soup. Add salt and pepper to taste. This is a wonderful, hearty soup, for a cold day.

Making Hard Cider

Hard CiderWhat you will need:
1 gallon apple cider
brewers yeast (if needed)
Glass gallon carboy
Airlock

For after fermentation: Siphon or funnel and filter Corked glass bottles

 

 

This is part two of the departure from my clean paleo diet, as this was also started in October of last year. Be sure to sterilize all of your tools, and glassware first. Pour one gallon of apple cider into a glass gallon carboy. You can choose to either add yeast now, or wait to see if the cider ferments on its own without it. If it doesn’t start to ferment within a day or two, you can add in a pinch of yeast to get things going. Cork the carboy with your airlock. Twice a day for at least the first few weeks, mix the ingredients well. You should see the fermentation working, creating bubbles on the top of the liquid. The hard cider was left on the counter along side the mead for a few months before I transferred the mixture into bottles. The bottles will likely need to settle and be filtered once more, but the cider is very tasty!

Harvest Time

Harvest Time - Apple Orchard
Apple picking is an annual harvest tradition in our family. This year we also stopped at a quaint vegetable market afterward as well and picked up a huge amount of produce to enjoy and can. This was the first year I have been to an orchard with trellised trees as well, so that was an interesting thing to finally see in person. In the photo above you can see some of the more mature rows. They aren’t nearly as “flat” as I had imagined they would be, but the rows are closer together and the trees are not spaced as far apart as in a traditional orchard. Most enlightening!

Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients:

* 2 tablespoons safflower oil
* 1 onion
* carrots as desired
* celery as desired
* 1 can pumpkin
* 1-2 sweet potatoes
* vegetable broth as desired
* cream sherry as desired
* optional cream as desired
* sea salt to taste
* 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
* 1/8 teaspoon allspice

Pumpkin soup is a great dish to grace the table at festive holiday events and warm you up on cold winter days.

Put all vegetables into the blender and mix until smooth. Place blended vegetables and all other ingredients into a soup pot, stir and simmer. That’s it, enjoy!