the saturday soup – spring pea & herb May 21, 2011

The first peas of the season couldn’t have come at a better time. Standing at my kitchen sink, I spent the good part of an hour lazily plucking them from their casings while my mind drifted off to other things. I’d been mildly obsessing about what to include in my presentation for BlogHer Food this year and – as these gorgeous peas began to fill up the bowl…my mind was suddenly full of ideas as to how I wanted to express where I’m at in my life with my blog, my cooking, and my photography.

Today, I’m speaking about “finding your visual voice” alongside two amazingly talented ladies – Aran and Stephanie. If you’re attending the conference, come by and say hi…and join us in our conversation about style, process and having the courage to make your own way in your photos. If you’re reading this from home, the sessions will be online at some point on BlogHer’s website. I’m working on a new styling post to be published this week that will have a pretty sweet giveaway attached to it for those wanting to amp up their food styling game. In the meantime, have some soup.

English Pea and Fresh Herb Soup – makes 3-4 hearty servings depending on desired thickness

  • 4 1/2 cups low sodium good quality vegetable stock – you can also do 1/2 stock & 1/2 water if you’d like
  • 3 cups fresh shucked English/spring peas – you can also use great quality flash-frozen peas that have been defrosted
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 tbsp. chopped fresh mixed herbs – you can use basil, mint, tarragon, parsley or cutting celery – 3 tbsp. used in recipe and 1 tbsp. as garnish
  • 2 tbsp. chopped dry roasted pistachios – optional – for garnish

– In a medium stock pot, bring the vegetable stock up to a low boil. Add the peas and cook for 2-3 minutes until warmed through but still vibrant green. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. In a high powered blender or Vitamix, whiz the soup in two batches until it’s completely pureed and almost aerated. Add all of the liquid back into the blender and put in the 3 tbsp. chopped fresh herbs. Re-blend until smooth and incorporated. If the soup is too thick, gradually add water or stock until desired consistency. Return to the stove on medium heat and warm through. Once heated, garnish amongst the bowls with the last tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs and a smattering of chopped pistachios. Serve immediately.



Kulsum at JourneyKitchen May 21, 2011 04:05 pm

Gorgeous Gorgeous pictures and recipe. I’m catching all you guys lovely tweets at BlogHer and I’m red with envy :-D. Have fun you guys!

Snippets of Thyme May 21, 2011 09:05 pm

Such a beautiful shade of green. I want to shoot those little cute peas with my NEW camera! I read your talk at BlogHer. Thank you for such great information. I would love to go to one of these gatherings the next time!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 22, 2011 06:05 pm

Beautiful beyond words. I love the touch of pistachios. I loved getting the opportunity to speak with you at Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. It’s great to get to know you better! Can’t wait to keep up with your talented work!

christelle is flabbergasting May 22, 2011 07:05 pm

What a fresh green color! It smells spring till Montreal! ;)

Maris (In Good Taste) May 22, 2011 07:05 pm

Who knew soup could be so pretty! Gorgeous pictures!

SMITH BITES May 23, 2011 08:05 am

Tami – i just love the soup series . . . and every time Saturday rolls around, i think about you and remember you sharing the story about your mom . . . love, love, love it. am so happy to count you as a friend in my life – you’re just a gem!!

Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite May 23, 2011 09:05 am

Tami, it was such a pleasure getting to know you a little bit over the weekend and I am so glad you talked us through the process of this post’s pictures in your session (best session, btw…). It was so much fun getting to have dinner with you on Sat night – I hope our paths cross again sooner rather than later.
PS: this soup really is mouthwatering…

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme May 23, 2011 09:05 am

As usual, the most beautiful soup photo. Just gorgeous. Love your use of pistachios as garnish.

Melissa @Dash of East May 23, 2011 04:05 pm

Love these photos! Esp the one of the soup on the red napkin. I really enjoyed your presentation at BlogHer Food on how you arrived at this photo.

Btw, just noticed your favicon! So Cute! Love the tweezers :)

Katharine Pike May 24, 2011 03:05 am

Can I just say that that is the most beautiful and delicious picture of Peas I have ever seen?

joey May 24, 2011 11:05 pm

Beautiful photo of a yummy soup! Love the shade of green. You are lucky to have fresh peas…we can only get them frozen here no matter what time of year.

Allison May 26, 2011 07:05 pm

So beautiful! Love the photo of the peas!

Elle Jun 7, 2011 10:06 am

Beautiful, and it couldn’t be simpler! Now I must go in search of fresh peas.

Jones Oct 8, 2011 11:10 pm

Good article on soup that is good for winter time with herbs included.