Gingered Split Pea Soup
Soak 1 ½ cups green split peas for 2 or more hours. Drain.
In a stock pot, saute in 1 Tablespoon olive oil:
2 diced celery stalks
2 diced carrots
1 small onion, diced
1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger
1 bay leaf
Saute for 4 minutes, then add drained peas and 8 cups water.
Season with ½ teaspoon dried crushed cumin
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
Simmer until the peas have fallen apart (about 1 hour or more). Puree soup in a blender or food processor.