This is another one of those recipes that I somehow stumbled upon through one of my vast and neverending journeys through the Internet. Everyday I never know where I will end up and what I will find - always an interesting adventure! Anyway, I found this particular recipe on delishhh.com. Since my mother was Swedish, I had to give it a try. I would have posted a picture but it was so good, there was none left to take a picture of - next time I make this, I promise to take a picture!!
1 lb dried green peas (you can get these at Walmart)
10 oz cubed ham (I bought a packaged of cubed pre-cooked ham)
6 - 7 cups water
2 medium sized onions, peeled and finely chopped
1 leek finelly chopped
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp finely chopped ginger (you can find ginger root in your produce aisle)
1 T Dijon mustard
salt and pepper - according to your taste
Let your peas soak for 2 hours (according to the directions on the package). Rinse the peas and add to pot with about 6 cups of water. Bring the water with the peas to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, Remove the pan from heat and let stand covered for 1 hour.
Add the chopped onion, leek, ham, ginger, spices and Dijon mustard to the peas. Cover and simmer for about 2 hours. After 2 hours, add pepper and salt if needed. If the soup is too thick, add more water to adjust the thickness of the soup to your own liking.
I served this with corn muffins - EXCELLENT. This would be great with French bread.
This was a huge hit with my family.