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Pigeon Peas Soup was the first soup I fell in love with as a child. Of course, back then it was Maggi Chicken Soup or pumpkin soup. To date, in my mind, there is still nothing better than good Pigeon Pea Soup…thanks to my grandma – who still uses this simple and rich homemade Pigeon Peas soup recipe.

Pigeon Peas Soup Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry pigeon peas
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ¼ Ib. smoked pork hocks
  • 2 eddoes
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 doz. dumplings

How to make Pigeon Peas Soup:

Soak peas in enough cold water to cover overnight. Drain and discard water. In a large pan put peas and ham hocks and cook until both are quite soft. You may have to add water to maintain approximately 4 cups liquid for the soup. Remove ham hocks and cut into small pieces and return to soup. Add seasonings
and return to heat and allow to simmer gently. Then peel eddoes and cut into pieces and make up dumplings. Add to soup and continue to simmer until both are tender. Then serve very hot.

Recipe by:Yolande Cools-Lartigue author of The Art of Caribbean Cooking.

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Braised Meat Ingredients:

  • 400 g (1 lb) meat (chuck, rump of veal, or chicken)
  • 2 ml spoon (1/2 teasp.) salt
  • 2 ml spoon (1/2 teasp.) pepper
  • 2 ml spoon (1/2 teasp.) paprika
  • 2 x 15 ml spoon (2 tbsp.) oil
  • 1 blade chives, chopped
  • 1 spring thyme, chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 turnip, peeled and sliced (optional)
  • 250 ml (1/2 pt) cold water.
Braised Meat Preparation:

Prepare meat and season with salt, pepper and paprika.Heat oil in a deep pot or frying pan. Add meat and brown on all sides. Remove meat from pot.
Add seasonings and vegetables and fry until soft.

Return meat to pot. Add water and bring to the boil. Simmer gently, covered, for 35-40 minutes, or until meat is tender. If necessary, about 5 minutes before completion of cooking, thicken gravy with a little flour.Serves 4.

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