This fragrant split-pea soup made with touch of curry, cumin and sweet paprika is so creamy and velvety, hearty, thick, and flavorful. Topped with bacon and fresh chopped green onions, mmmm….Just pick up crusty bread and enjoy.
Cook bacon using preferred method until crisp. I like to bake bacon on a cooling rack over a sheet pan in the oven at 425 for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool and chop or crumble into small pieces.
Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat; add the onion, carrots and garlic; sauté until all the vegetables are tender, about 3-5 minutes.
Add 1 cup of water, ground cumin, bay leaf, paprika, black pepper and salt. Mix well until all the flavors are combined.
To the crock pot/slow cooker add washed sweet pea, sautéed vegetables and 7-8 cups of water. Mix well.
Set timer for 4 hours.
After it’s done, check the seasoning; add salt and more of the spices if needed.
In small batches pour the soup in to the food processor/blender and puree until smooth consistency. Be very careful, the soup is hot.
Scoop the soup into bowls. Serve with chopped green onion and bacon.
A smooth and chunky guacamole is loaded with ripe avocados, tomato, read onion, garlic, cilantro, lime and a light touch of spices including cumin and cayenne pepper.
My recipe was the number 1 WINNER on our family reunion Guacamole contest.
It will be a keeper in your family too.
4 medium ripe avocados – sliced in cubes (see video below)
2 tomatoes – diced
1 small red onion – diced
1 clove garlic - minced
1/2 jalapeno pepper (optional) –seeds removed and minced
1 lime, juiced
1/2 Bunch of cilantro – chopped
1 tsp. Olive oil
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper, or to taste
1/4 tsp. of ground cumin
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Prepare the other vegetables first before cutting open avocado, since they will begin to change the color.
After you removed the pit and cut avocados in cubes, place them in a mixing bowl, sprinkle with 1 lime juice and some salt. Mash avocados with a fork to get desired consistency (I like to leave some larger chunks for the texture)
Add diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, and chopped jalapeno pepper (if using).
Season with ground cumin, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Mix everything well.
Add in chopped cilantro and olive oil; gently stir to combine. Taste to adjust any seasonings if needed and add more lime juice if desired.