Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen & Fresh Pea Soup


“‘The venison was roasted to a turn–and every body said, they never saw so fat a haunch. The soup was fifty times better than what we had at the Lucas’s last week; and even Mr. Darcy acknowledged, that the partridges were remarkably well done; and I suppose he has two or three French cooks at least.”‘ ~Pride and Prejudice¬†by Jane Austen

Fresh Pea Soup


2 celery sticks, finely chopped

1 onion finely chopped

1/2 stick of butter

Few sprigs of mint and parsley, chopped

3 anchovies or 6-8 anchovy fillets, chopped

Freshly ground white pepper

4 cups frozen or fresh peas

1 quart light vegetable or chicken stock

Pinch of sugar

4-5 good handfuls of spinach (lettuce or chopped cucumber can be substituted)


  1. Gently cook the celery and onion in butter until it is soft but not browned, then add the mint, parsley, and anchovy, grind in a little white pepper, and cook for a few minutes.
  2. Stir the peas into the mixture, add the stock and a good pinch of sugar, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the spinach at the end of the cooking time, and cook for a few minutes more. Let it cool and then whizz with a blender. It will be a grainy texture, but you can push it through a sieve to make it more smooth.

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