After Canadian Thanksgiving was over with on the 13th, I inherited a ham bone from the dinner. I was very excited about this because it meant that I could attempt to make my mom's ham & pea soup, which I grew up on and which I totally loved. We all did! If she didn't have a ham bone, she used a smoked pork hock that worked just as well. The last time I had this soup was during a visit a year ago, and just the smell of it cooking brought back such great memories. My mom's cooking often does that, actually. Her spaghetti sauce smells has exactly the same effect on me!
The ingredients for the soup are simple:
ham bone (or hock)
salt & pepper
The method is also simple:
Chop veggies in food processor. Throw everything in slow cooker and cover with water. Cook on high for 8 hours. At the end of the 8 hours, take out the bone and remove the meat. Return the meat to the pot and serve.
I was sooooooo pumped about this! It smelled amazing as it bubbled all day and I couldn't wait to try it.
Alas...It tasted nothing like Mom's. In fact, it looked nothing like Mom's either - both in terms of colour and consistency. My disappointment was as serious as a heart attack.
Perhaps I should have adjusted my expectations. After all, although my mom had showed me how to make this and I swear I did everything she did, she didn't actually make the soup, so it was missing that je ne sais quois, that secret something that moms use in their cooking that just can't be replicated no matter how specific the recipe.
None of this is to say that the soup was inedible - it was OK, and it got better after a few days in the fridge. I was just expecting something else. I was expecting mom's soup. What I got was the Wandering Coyote version of her mom's soup.
Oh well. It provided me with several meals and I gave some to my brother, too, who really appreciated it.