ffwD: Cheating on Winter Pea Soup (Out of Order!)


I know. This week’s ffwD assignment is coeur à la crème, and next week’s is cheating on winter pea soup. However, making a decadent dessert like coeur à la crème which requires a special dessert mold large enough to feed several people would be too much restraint to ask of just one person not to consume the entire thing herself. (Don’t worry. I already own the special heart-shaped pan with perforations.) Therefore, I am making Dorie’s pea soup this week and saving the coeur à la crème for next Friday when I will have visitors in town who will happily eat the crustless cheesecake! Now, onto the pea soup!

I’ve been trying to follow a vegan diet as much as possible since the new year, and I’ve stuck to it pretty well. My obvious exception has been my weekend romps through the We Love Madeleines cookbook. So, I was pretty excited to see this pea soup on the menu, although I had to change the butter for olive oil to make Dorie’s recipe fully vegan.

I actually made the entire amount of soup because I don’t mind reheating a bowlful for later meals. I photographed the soup with bacon bits and white truffle oil but picked out the bacon before I ate it. This delicious soup wasn’t creamy, but instead, rather “drinkable” directly from the bowl! With all apologies to Emily Post, of course.

This cheating on winter pea soup was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who are cooking their way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

61 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alison
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 13:33:46

    That looks so good!! I make a Nigella Lawson soup that looks similar and it is so delicious. I am going to check out this recipe and try it too! Thank you for posting this!!

  2. Sara
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 13:53:00

    I’m fascinated! I’ve never had a pea soup, and I had no idea what to expect from this. It’s not quite what I pictured. I’m not sure how I’m going to like it, but I can’t help but be intrigued! Nicely done!

  3. hotlyspiced
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 14:38:26

    It’s a great idea to make large quantities of soup because you can always freeze the leftover and that’s so convenient. I love pea soup and this has beautiful colouring x

  4. Cakelaw
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 14:52:23

    LOL – I reckon soup tastes better when you drink it from the bowl.

  5. Cher
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 15:14:16

    Cheating on winter… I wish.
    This one was interesting – I don’t think I had ever had pea soup before making this & adding lettuce to soup was definitely a new one on me.

  6. markd60
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 15:30:33

    I love Peace OOp

  7. Norma Chang
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 15:52:46

    I always make large of soup, no matter what kind.

  8. Alice
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 16:40:19

    i made this one awhile ago 🙂 love your mads lately!

  9. Geraldine Saucier
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 17:24:53

    The soup looks delicious:). Great for these cold winter days.

  10. triciaandnana
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 17:31:36

    I actually almost messed up weeks (without realizing it) and thought we had to make the pea soup this week. Nana saved me at the last minute by reminding me the recipe needed to set overnight (yup – that was my clue it was not the soup). I am very encouraged to make it next week given your gorgeous results. And I shall have bacon on hand too…..

  11. Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.)
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 18:21:18

    I’ve always made Nigella’s version and love it a lot. This one was a nice new take – lettuce?? – and I actually used edamame instead of peas because that’s what I had on hand and it was awesome. Avec bacon for us non-vegans! (PS: I love that you’ve been cheating on veganism with madeleines!!!)

  12. bakeawaywithme.com
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 19:58:08

    Your soup looks delicious! Can’t wait to make it. I think you’ll love the coeur a la creme…very yummy!!

  13. Ronda
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 20:07:47

    Switching weeks is a great idea!

  14. Inger Wilkerson
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 21:12:30

    I’ll bet the soup would freeze too if you couldn’t finish it… Now I can’t wait to see the coeur a la creme!

  15. Bam's Kitchen
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 00:07:57

    Great soup to pack in the kids lunches as they can just drink from their canteen. Take care, BAM

  16. Trevor Sis. Boom.
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 00:53:12

    I think you should have served and photographed it in your heart mold! So I haven’t read this one yet but I’m all for soups so I can’t wait.

  17. Rose
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 01:08:37

    I made that one last weekend as well since we will be out of town this week. It was thinner than we thought that it would be (yes, “drinkable”) but we enjoyed it nonetheless. And I almost never cut soup recipes in half as I love having leftover soup in my freezer. It comforts me to know that it is there.

  18. Alex
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 05:50:59

    And………….. just to tell you I gave you a Liebster Award on my blog. Have a great weekend! 😀

  19. Food,Photography & France
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 05:52:17

    Delicious soup, which I would most certainly have eaten with the bacon. I have the same yearning to be Vegan as I do to run a marathon with concrete shoes:-)

  20. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 07:38:10

    I love pea soup! Good idea to switch your Items. I wouldn’t be able to resist it either!

  21. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 08:03:16

    I love when you throw the assignments out the window. You always come up with some other fantastic dish, like this.

  22. Ryan
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 08:35:02

    Yum! This looks so good and perfect for a cold winter weekend. I love pea soup so will have to look up Dorie’s recipe. Can’t wait to see the coeur a la creme next week!

  23. Karen (Back Road Journal)
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 09:59:06

    This looks delicious. I think soup always is better the next day when it is reheated.

  24. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 13:55:25

    Congratulations on sticking to your new diet! I have experimented with vegan recipes and find them very delicious!

  25. betsy
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 16:06:17

    Thanks for the preview! I make soup at least once a week. I think the point of soup is to have leftovers for tomorrow.

  26. Betty
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 17:42:02

    I love pea soup! I also love leftovers, because then I have lunches already made in the freezer. 🙂

  27. Suzanne
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 17:45:01

    Love Pea soup, and whenever I make it I always make a big pot, leftovers are the best. Perfect warm you up for winter.

  28. Chef Randall
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 19:32:20

    I love Pea soup. Add some ham hacks to it and yummy.

    Thanks for sharing. Thanks also for viewing my blog and for your comments. I appreciate your readership.

    Chef Randall

  29. cecilia
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 19:47:57

    i think I would love pea soup, i can’t believe I have not made this before, i don’t mind the bacon bits though, and I am still reeling from being only a block away from you last night and we did not know!! Next Time! c

  30. Three Well Beings
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 22:04:59

    I like the way you think! Good idea to change recipes so that next weekend you can share the coeur à la crème with guests. Very responsible of you. LOL! I love pea soup and don’t think I’ve ever had one I don’t care for. This looks delicious! Re-heated soup can be the best. 🙂

  31. dedy oktavianus pardede
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 22:58:09

    it would be nice with your foccacia buns…

  32. Reem | Simply Reem
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 23:32:45

    I always make large batches of soup… They freeze well and taste even better later on… And above all you can play around with it…
    This looks fabulous, such beautiful and rich texture it has.

  33. kitchen flavours
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 00:12:41

    I have never tried pea soup before!

  34. The Sketched Chef
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 05:07:34

    This looks amazing !
    Perfect for the dark and cold days 🙂

  35. saffronandhoney
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 13:46:03

    A bowl of this soup would be just perfect this afternoon! Wonderful color and texture!

  36. Beth
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 14:23:15

    Sounds like a great reason to try these recipes out of order. The soup sounds delicious and would be a great meal for a cold day.

  37. tracy
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 16:48:22

    I love a great bowl of soup. I have considered a vegan diet before but I don’t know if I could be very successful at it. I have been a vegetarian for years and though I know I will never be able to eat meat and I do not know if I could totally give up cheese, eggs, and milk.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  38. Natalie
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 17:24:45

    What a nice bowl of soup! Great for these cold winter days.

  39. moderngirlnutrition
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 20:12:26

    Such a pretty color, too!:)

  40. rebeccasubbiah
    Feb 17, 2013 @ 20:54:13

    love the soup and bet your friends will love the cheesecake thanks for the sweet well wishes for the kids

  41. Jasline
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 00:07:48

    Nice photo of the soup, perfect for cold days! Can’t wait to see your cheesecake!

  42. Sara
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 00:30:40

    Lovely! Great color, and always nice to have fresh veggie flavors in the winter. 🙂

  43. Manu
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 09:28:14

    This looks delish!

  44. Balvinder
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 10:56:49

    I like pea soup but mine never came that dark green. I love it.Did you add any greens in it?

  45. Ameena
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 11:19:23

    This looks way better than the Anderson’s Pea Soup I sometimes pick up at the grocery store! Love that it’s vegan too.

  46. Elaine
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 12:04:18

    It looks delicious and I am glad that you enjoyed it. I hope you like the coeur a la creme.

  47. cakewhiz
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 13:46:42

    i made bean soup yesterday but i am itching to try a new soup and looks like this pea soup will be on my dinner table very soon…loving the green color 😀

  48. Elizabeth
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 17:29:58

    I’m not a huge soup fan, but I really want to get into making lots of soups. This looks like a great soup!

  49. Daniela
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 17:46:39

    The soup looks delicious and the colors are beautiful!
    Looking forward for the coeur a la creme as well 🙂

  50. Melolimparfaite
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 21:20:21

    I wish i could taste it

  51. squishymonster
    Feb 18, 2013 @ 23:28:35

    looks fab!!

  52. Constance Ant
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 00:58:21

    the look is slightly unappealing but it sure tastes good! 😀

  53. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 01:14:41

    Nice to make a large pot of soup, and your addition of white truffle oil is an excellent one. I’d need to buy one!

  54. Tandy
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 06:25:00

    I love pea soup. Next time I will add truffle oil 🙂

  55. Scrambled Megs
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 06:40:38

    this looks yum! i love peas x

  56. Amelia
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 10:59:03

    Hi, your comfort soup look so good. Nice color too. 😉

    Best regards.

  57. TrafficDiva
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 07:23:30

    I could use a BIG Ol’ BOWL of that right about now…can you say -10 Wind Chills?!?! This is “Warmth” defined…yummmmmmmm

  58. sometimes SAVORY
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 12:38:26

    looks great…

  59. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 12:55:52

    Nice preview of the soup. Us old timers can certainly take some liberties, right? I liked this soup, too…and am glad it fit into your vegan diet 🙂

  60. Promenade Claire
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 09:50:01

    I love that you picked out the bacon bits after you photographed it!!

  61. cquek
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 02:40:15

    Yum, what a great round-up!

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