But you will love me when I'm soupy!
As much as girls of my generation wanted to be Wonder Woman, boys wanted to be The Incredible Hulk! My brother loved the tv show. I was terrified by it. I think it's a boy thing. Somewhere there is a dusty Polaroid of my husband transforming himself into a tiny, menacing Hulk and both of them had their fair share of Hulk tee-shirts and underwear. What little boy wouldn't want to grow strong and powerful to tackle the injustices rampant in the elementary schoolboy's world? Chores, Brussels sprouts, early bedtimes, all easily vanquished by THE HULK!!! GRRRRR!! Instead, they are stuck in their little Banner boy bodies, and have to go to bed at 7:00 because Mom said so, but a boy can dream...
And so, in honor of all those little frustrated Hulks out there:
Incredible Minted Split Pea Soup
Yield: 4 servings
1 large onion roughly chopped
3 large cloves garlic, sliced
1 Tbs olive oil
1/2 lb green split peas
4 C water
1 C fresh or frozen peas
1/4 C fresh mint
salt and pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in a large stock pot and brown onion and garlic. Add split peas and water. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 30-40 minutes until split peas are soft, adding more water as necessary. Add fresh or frozen peas and cook until heated through. Add mint and puree in a blender or with an immersion blender until smooth.
The little Hulks-in-training around here love this! Sweet and minty, warm and comforting, it soothes that savage beast! Welcome back, David. Good to see you, Bruce. *cue depressing music... doDOdo dooooo! doDOdo doooo!*
P.S. Happy Leap Day Everybody! See you tomorrow for day four of Soup-erhero Week!