Peas (Like Atoms) Split

The carrot hung in the bowl of soft velvet pea soup like a missile, a bright orange missile ready to self-destruct, just the size of a man’s thumb. This was to be her first bite. Nothing was very enticing about any of this – not the name ‘Split Pea Soup’, not the bowl of glazed pottery resembling a mistake thrown and shaped by a first-time potter at a summer camp for young Christians, not the spoon tin-cheap and slightly bent.

Homemade split pea soup. The spoon scooped the carrot.

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I’d like to have a bunch of little fat and skinny men all dressed in white dashing to and fro splitting peas, creating an atmosphere of care and passion, throwing delicious things into steaming steel cauldrons for me to approve of and to finally eat.

And so it is, apparently, at Andersen’s Restaurant. Hap-Pea and Pea-Wee await me there. Of course I’d have to go cross-country to California, where people have been before me – where people went to grow and split peas then to open restaurants all based upon split pea soup.

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There never had been such a taste as when the carrot touched the tongue, when it melted, exploded, missile-like, hot and sweet.

The green depth of brothy peas (split) swam around the carrot taste as if a river unbended.

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When atoms split, miracles occur. And so it is with peas.

Poor Man’s Feast has a lovely recipe for split pea soup. Tomorrow I’ll post my own recipe here, with some ideas for further diversions and divertissements.


3 thoughts on “Peas (Like Atoms) Split

  1. The humble split pea glorified by Hap-Pea and Pea-Wee. I guess the one lugging the baskets of un-split peas is called Step-Pea.

    LOVE this postcard and saving this post for a Split Pea post I hope to do in June for Andersen’s or November for National Split Pea Month (yes really:)

    Thanks for sharing Karen…

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