Sunday, December 14, 2008

Chipotle Split Pea Soup & News

It's been a while since I've blogged. So much has happened. Unfortunately, I was laid off from the Blue Moon Cafe. Stupid economy. I am sad because the job really fit me well and I enjoyed my co-workers a lot. Oh well, no one ever said life would be simple!

I am not quite sure what I will do in the future.. it will be interesting to see what the next step in this journey is! I am for hire if you need a vegetarian/vegan/RAW chef in the Boston/Portsmouth/Portland area!

I've been taking pics, but not blogging.... so there will be many pics coming up this week.

Also, there will be a Wheatgrass Juicer Giveaway happening in the next couple of days... stay tuned for details!

Now, onto the food. We just experienced a HUGE ice storm.. my EX lost power for 2 days... and it's been bitterly cold. My dog had to come stay with me.. (and both my kids were here at the same time!).. My kids both had head colds, so soup and the Good Stir Fry were on the menu. Also, Andrew begged for Sushi, so I had to bring the Wasabi on! We enjoy eating sushi like a wrap, so I used what I had on had to fill these up: Kale, Sweet Potato, Avocado, Cucumber, Carrots, Pickled Ginger, Salt/Pepper and served it with wasabi, siracha and soy sauce with toasted sesame oil and seeds.. Next time I will line the nori with kale instead of putting still warm sweet potato on it! (duh)

Chipotle Split Pea Soup
2 T olive oil
1 t thyme
1 t basil
1 t tarragon
1 t rosemary
1 large onion, 1.5 cups chopped
8 cloves garlic, minced or 2.5 T
1 medium carrot, chopped
2 medium stalks celery, chopped
1 lb dried split peas
6 -8 c water or vegetable stock
2 bouillon cubes if not using stock
1-3 canned chipotle peppers in adobo chopped
salt/pepper to taste
1 T balsamic vinegar
fresh parsley or cilantro if desired

In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat add the dried spices,
onions and garlic and saute for several minutes. Add the carrot and
celery and saute for several more minutes, then add the peas. Stir to
coat with the veggie/spice mixture then add the water or stock. Bring
to a boil for several minutes then cover and turn down heat to a
strong simmer. Cook for 30 minutes or until the peas are tender. Add
the bouillon cube and more water if needed and the chiles. Cook for 15
minutes more, then stir in the balsamic vinegar. Taste and adjust
seasonings. Top with fresh herbs if desired.
This was another version of my Happy Chicken Soup. I used Tempeh instead of tofu and I think it works even better. My kids aren't a huge tempeh fan (and I'm not either unless it is prepared correctly) so I was cautiously optimistic... Turns out everyone loved it!

Tomorrow, I will post the Wheatgrass Juicer Giveaway info and share an awesome Raw Thai Noodle Bowl Soup Recipe along with other raw eats I've been enjoying!


  1. Mel, I can't express enough how devastated I am about your job - however, I'm happy to see that you're still cooking up a storm. Keep it up!!

    Great giveaway!! Exciting!! :-)

  2. Melody, I'm so sorry about the job loss... I hope you'll find something else soon--and you never know, sometimes things like this lead to unexpectedly good turns of events. I hope that's the case.

    And I hope the NH ice situation clears up, too! I was supposed to be there visiting my mom this past weekend (I'd actually requested we make a trip to Exeter to check out the cafe!), but couldn't get in due to the ice (and she still doesn't have power... yikes).

    Anyway, I'm sending good thoughts your way... Blessings.

  3. So sorry to hear about the job! Your raw creations are always so amazing--I have no doubt you'll find something even better!

    Hope the kids are feeling better, too. And what a terrific giveaway--can't wait for the details!

  4. *hugs* If I were the richest girl in the world, I would hire you to be my personal chef, because your meals always look so yummy! Now I'm off to click on that chickn soup recipe.

  5. Me again :o)

    I'm back from looking at that old post, and I was wondering: Did you ever post the chickn patty recipe?

  6. Wondered if you were affected by the ice storm. Glad everyone – two legged and four legged – made it through.

    Wish I had a job to offer you. I still think you should put a portfolio together and walk into Grezzo. Even if Alissa's not hiring at the moment...connections, baby!

  7. I'm so sorry again about the job. :(

    I do have to tell you though, that I LOVE your pics! :) Can't wait to see more about the juicer! ;D

  8. Really sorry to hear that the blue moon has lost you. That is really yuck for you. But that means that there is likely something really great waiting for someone who is obviously incredible with food! The sushi 'wraps' look great and would totally satisfy my weird pregnancy wrap craving. I will be thinking of you when I enjoy my dinner tonight!

  9. Those meals look amazing! You have me craving sushi now! :)

    Can't wait for the giveaway!!

  10. I just wanted to let you know I just discovered your blog today and I am in love. Your food is innovative, and beautiful. So sorry to hear about your job but judging by your talent and dedication it won't be hard for you to find another. Thanks for the awesomeness!

  11. Oh that stinks. But I firmly believe that when one door closes, another opens. In time, you'll see what's behind the mystery door. Something bigger and better, I'm sure. ((((hugs)))

    I heard about the ice storm--yikes. Hope you're feeling better! After eating that soup, how could you not be?

  12. I'm so sorry you lost your job. I looked forward to the blog pictures and seeing what you were making and you seemed to enjoy it so much. Hugs!!

  13. I am so sorry to hear about your job loss--that just plain sucks. I hope you find something else soon...I am sure you will! With your amazing cooking/photography skills, you will find something!

    Your soups look great! It is cold and dreary out, so soup is perfect!


  14. Ooooh, yay soup recipes - bring 'em on for winter! Sorry to hear you were laid off - so crap :((

  15. Sorry about losing your job. Keep your head up and remain positive- who knows what the future will bring.

    The soups look fabulous!

  16. oo, that is my favorite tea you have there.

    Sorry to hear bout losing your job. One door closes and another opens, they say, so be on the look out for open doors. It could be a window, too. :)


  17. I'm so sorry about the job thing. Everything sucks right now. But I bet something even better is right around the corner.

    That chicken soup sounds fantastic. Perfect for staying warm during an ice storm.

  18. Aw, Melody, I'm so sorry to hear about your job. I will be thinking good thoughts for you. With your amazing talents, something will turn up in no time. {{{{hugs}}}}

  19. A spicy hot chipotle split pea soup would hit the spot on these cold winter days!

  20. This soup sounds just perfect for me! I love split pea soup but have never made it myself. Time to pick up some lentils!

  21. I just made this. Even on this hot summer day! I had a small cup and froze half. My office gets cool so it'll work for lunch twice this week. ;) I've already pu tthem in containers and then realized just now I forgot the balsamic, and oh do I love balsamic... oh well! It's still delish. Thank you. Your recipe are so creative and different and healthy!

  22. Made this soup tonight. Very easy to make and so yummy:) My DH loved it too which makes it even more super:)

  23. Hey there! I'm planning on making this soup this weekend and I have a 750 g package of split peas. Just wondering how many cups of split peas would a pound be? Thanks!

  24. I made this Chipotle Split Pea Soup and it was really fantastic! Thanks for a great recipe!! :)