Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen & Fresh Pea Soup

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“‘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

Ingredients:

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)

Directions:

  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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