The Golden Soup

Dear Carol of Retired? No one told me! says that today is a National Split Pea Day. Not to be left out of it, I am repeating this simple, yet delicious recipe.

King Midas had a daughter called Marigold, and he loved her more than anything, and he wanted to give her the best, the finest, the fanciest, and the most expensive things in the world. That required lots of gold, and even though he had plenty, there is never a limit to gold fever, is there? Especially if the reason for it is so noble – nothing but the best for a beloved child! Sounds familiar, right?

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But Marigold wasn’t interested in Gucci-Pucci and Louboutin shoes. She enjoyed her garden, she wanted to share the beauty of her flowers with her father, and she felt sad when he didn’t have time for her because he was busy counting his gold. Oh, he wished that everything he touched would turn to gold so he wouldn’t have to worry about the price of that Judith Lieber clutch for Marigold!

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One day, when he was toiling at his desk, this not-so-sober guy appeared out of nowhere.

“Hey, – he said, – I am Bacchus! How about some wine?”

“You – who? You – what? – said Midas absentmindedly, fingering his calculator.

“Dionysus, man, you know, drink and be merry, and all that… I am one of those, man, from Olympus, whachamacalit…  I can do stuff for you…”

“Do? You’re that Bacchus? That Dionysus?”

“Yeah man, that’s me, now how about that cup of wine?”

“Forget the wine, can you give me the golden touch? Like whatever I touch, should turn to gold?”

“No problem, brother, let’s drink to that!”

Poof! Bacchus disappeared. Poof! Anything King Midas touched, turned to gold. Happy? Not really – we know the story. He sat down to lunch with his daughter, lifted a spoonful of soup to his mouth, and almost lost his teeth as he bit into something hard – gold. He touched a rose Marigold brought him form the garden, and it stiffened and shined. He hugged his daughter  – oh horror! – she turned into a golden statue!

“Bacchus, you drunken nincompoop! Dionysus, or whatever your name, get in here! Look what you did! I want my daughter back even if it costs me all my gold, and my kingdom, and my Gucci loafers!”

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“Chill out, man, go take a swim, look at sunshine, spread some happiness around, and all will be fixed.”

And as soon as King Midas plunged into the river, everything he splashed with water turned back into what it was before. He took handfuls of water, ran back into his palace and sprinkled his beloved daughter Marigold. A few drops fell on the golden rose, and both the girl and the rose came back to life.  They finished their meal together, and never had soup tasted so good to the king!

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To make the golden soup, we need to soak some golden yellow split peas, then rinse them, add water, and bring to boil. 

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Then we add a large grated carrot, squeeze a couple of garlic cloves, mix in a heaping tablespoon of soup powder, and season with salt, pepper, and cinnamon. At this point you have two options: you can reduce the heat and keep simmering it stove top, standing over the pot and stirring until it’s done, or you can transfer it to a crock pot or Instant Pot and go do something else. I take the second alternative.

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When the soup looks smooth and creamy, you can add some diced tomatoes and cilantro, and entertain your kids with this educational and inspirational video:

If your soup becomes too thick, just go ahead and add some water. Remember, that’s all King Midas had to do  – splash some water around.

Here you have it – a light and delicious soup that looks like molten gold, worth of King Midas! Garnish it with sprigs of any greens you have handy. And if it thickens again by tomorrow, adding some more water will always do the trick.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups dry yellow split peas
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves, squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon soup powder
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • Sprigs of greens to garnish

PROCEDURE

  • Soak split peas. Rinse, place in 2-quart pot, fill with water, bring to boil.
  • Add grated carrot and squeezed garlic, stir.
  • Add soup powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Stir.
  • Transfer to crock pot set on low. Alternatively, reduce heat to simmer on stove top and keep stirring until done. Simmer until smooth and creamy.
  • Add diced tomatoes and cilantro, stir. Add water if necessary. *Alternatively, place all ingredients into Instant Pot, set on Manual for 30 minutes,
  • Serve garnished with sprigs of greens.

Enjoy!

64 Comments Add yours

  1. CarolCooks2 says:

    Thank you again for the mention dear Dolly…drunken nincompoop made me smile another wonderful intro to your recipe and what a glorious simple soup it is but full of goodness and flavour…Delicious 🙂 xx

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Carol; I am so glad you approve!

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  2. 🙂 Now, this is my kind of meal, Dolly!

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  3. GP Cox says:

    Funny you should have this recipe today. I only just remembered yesterday that I have not made a large batch of pea soup in a long time, so I put the ingredients on the shopping list. I have never thought to put cinnamon in it, but I sure will give it a try in this batch next week!!
    Thanks again, Dolly!!

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    1. Thank you so much, GP; I am pleased about the happy coincidence. Note: cinnamon is great with yellow split pea soup, but not green.

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      1. GP Cox says:

        I have the yellow – lucky about that!

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      2. GP Cox says:

        I usually put ham in the green, should I do the same with yellow?

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      3. I fear I am not the best person to ask about ham, GP – I am Jewish. LOL
        However, this soup is much more delicately flavored than the green one, so if you must make it meat-based, rather than vegetarian, like mine, I would suggest chicken stock.

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      4. GP Cox says:

        Thank you, and I am very sorry for forgetting your religion.

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      5. I was kidding, GP (not about being Jewish, of course), and you should know me by now; I don’t take offense and laugh things off!

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      6. GP Cox says:

        I mean, duh, your blog is the kosher kitchen, but I just don’t categorize people – so it is my fault. 🥴

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      7. No fault at all! I shared this with my husband because he has become observant at the age of 13, but before that, he did eat non-kosher foods. On the contrary, I have never had a taste of any non-kosher foods in my mouth, so who am I to advise people?

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      8. GP Cox says:

        I’ve had both, but I understand.

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      9. Now I don’t understand: what do you mean by “both”?

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      10. GP Cox says:

        kosher verses non-kosher.

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      11. But there is no difference between kosher and non-kosher foods, as you can see in all my recipes, other than certain ingredients are not used. I use kosher imitation bacon bits, and my husband assures me that they taste pretty close to real bacon. I wouldn’t know, so to me they just taste good. Sadly, I can’t have perfectly kosher good cheese – and I love cheeses! – and imitation non-dairy cheeses taste like a combination of candle wax and soap.

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      12. GP Cox says:

        haha, good description!!

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  4. This is the first time I have read that story in total. Thank you, Dolly

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    1. You are very welcome, Derrick. However, this is not the entire story; it is abridged for children.

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  5. Love that your version of the story includes the word “nincompoop”! Such a recipe will have to be doubled here, the appetites are big, especially for soups.

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    1. Go all out and double, dear Mimi! I am so glad you like it!

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  6. Love the story and the recipe sounds delish!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Tiffany!

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  7. Thank you Dolly! You always have great stories aboard. Never before have heard the full upcoming of Bacchus. For the recipe, carrots and garlic is on stock. :-)) Enjoy your day! Michael

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    1. Several readers seem to think it’s a full story, but it isn’t. It is shortened for children. The adult story is much more elaborate. I am glad you like the recipe, Michael. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      1. But its a great short story too. For me as not so familiar in the language, definitely a great read. Thank you Dolly!

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      2. Thank you for your interest, Michael.

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      3. Wish to thank you Dolly!

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      4. You are very welcome, dear friend.

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  8. I am so hungry but more knowledgeable
    Much love,
    M

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  9. I never knew the story of King Midas had a happy ending?! Your are a fount of information, Dolly…not to mention delicious recipes! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Anna; you are very kind.

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  10. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    GOOD SOUP—I’VE MADE IT!

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    1. Thank you for reblogging and the vote of confidence, Jonathan.

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      1. IT FITS ME TO…A “PEA”

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  11. Hello, I really like your article .. could i post it on my site ?
    https://serendipityblog.net

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    1. Of course, dear friend, and thank you so much for your interest! I am flattered.

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      1. Thank YOU very much for reblogging!

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      2. i like very much to reblogging other beautiful post ! Maybe if you want to write an article to my site ! Something like guest blogging( sorry for my english)

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      3. Sweetheart, please feel to reblog anything you want, and there is no need to apologize for English! I truly appreciate your interest.

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      4. Thank you for the permission to republish your articles .

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      5. The pleasure is mine, darling!

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  12. Rohvannyn says:

    I love pea soup – and as it so happens, I just bought four pounds of yellow peas! How did you know? I also like this happier ending to the Midas story.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend – what a happy happenstance!

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  13. Ren says:

    Thank you for this fantastic golden recipe. I look forward to making some this winter. I did not realize there was a yellow green split-pea.

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    1. Great to hear from you, dear Ren, and I am so glad you like my recipe. Yellow soup tastes differently from the green one. It’s more delicate, and I prefer it.

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      1. Ren says:

        Now I really look forward to trying it! Thanx Dolly, for the warm greet. You are always so kind and loving. It’s always injoyable to visit with you. Hugz

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      2. Thank you so much for your kind words, dear Ren!
        Hugs right back to you!

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  14. Angela Gaft says:

    Hi Dolly! I really like your blog and always enjoying to read your inspirational stories and delicious recipes. I nominated you for The Black Cat Blue Sea Award. This award is for bloggers who write for everybody. Please check my latest post The Black Cat Blue Sea Award nomination for the rules.
    Angela Gaft

    https://suitcase4you.wordpress.com/2020/11/17/the-black-cat-blue-sea-award-nomination/

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    1. Dear Angela, I am flattered and honored! However, I fear I must decline as I am simply short on time and thus do not want to make any commitments, as I dislike letting people down. I hope you do not take offense and I wish you the best of luck!

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      1. Angela Gaft says:

        I understand. Wish you all the best! Stay safe !

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      2. You too, dear friend!

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  15. chattykerry says:

    Who else but you, Dolly, could write such a fascinating fable around split pea soup! Fantastic.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Kerry, but that’s only an ancient Greek myth in an abridged version. You are very kind!

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      1. chattykerry says:

        Greek myth with split pea soup – still fantastic!

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      2. Thank you, darling, you are so sweet!

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  16. Awesome! Soups are fun and so convenient. I love them worldwide!

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    1. And so healthy too! I am glad you like it, darling. Thank you for stopping by!

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