Food/Cooking: Discovering the Versatility of Split Peas, No Really…

If you haven’t discovered split pea soup, you’re missing out on a natural “fast food”. Split peas don’t need to be soaked first, cook quickly, are nutritious, versatile and delicious. The only caveat I have is that it must have soy sauce or tamari on it. If you’re in a hurry, cook up some pea soup and douse it with soy sauce before eating, what a delicious meal. Even without good bread to accompany it, you’ll enjoy it. Adding pre-cooked potato chunks add carbs and there is no end to the fresh garden vegetables you can include, especially carrots, they add sweetness. DO NOT FORGET TO ADD A TOUCH OF CURRY SEASONING WITH TUMERICK, a good spice to eat regularly. And if you have access to acorns, try some acorn split pea soup.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here:–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973



3 thoughts on “Food/Cooking: Discovering the Versatility of Split Peas, No Really…

  1. Greetings Suellen,
    I’m disappointed that I missed my opportunity to forage for local acorns last Fall. Do you happen to know of a source from which I could purchase some acorn meal, or even whole edible acorns? With all the oak trees in California, I thought surely someone would be capitalizing on this tremendous resource but cannot find a source anywhere online… (You wouldn’t be willing to sell me a pound from your pantry, would you?)
    I’d appreciate any advice you might have, and thank you kindly in advance!


    • Dari,
      I have never been so low on acorns, EVER! I live in the Sierra Foothills and it’s a terrible year. It has been a fabulous year along the California coast though but sorry, I know of no one that sells acorn meal. Every couple of years someone asks me this question. I’ll save your email and if I run across someone who provides acorn meal I’ll let you know. There’s always next year, I ALWAYS stock up and this year I’m glad I still have some left over. People call me the “Acorn Lady”, lol. They EXPECT me to show up with an acorn cheesecake or dip. 🙂


      • Thanks so much for your reply, Suellen.
        Here in Los Angeles, it’s not the easiest task to get one’s hands on a fresh crop of acorns. I’ll just have to come up with a strategy for next Fall. I’ve downloaded your acorn cookbook — what a treasure! Can’t wait to use it.
        I suppose it’s time to plant some oak seedlings in the neighborhood so my future grandchildren can one day benefit from them…
        Thanks again and best wishes,


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