Once upon a time there was a prince who wants to marry a princess, but is having difficulty finding a suitable partner. Something is always wrong with those he meets, and he cannot be certain they are real princesses. One stormy night a young woman drenched with rain seeks shelter in the prince’s castle. She claims to be a princess, so the prince’s mother decides to test their unexpected guest by placing a pea in the bed she is offered for the night, covered by 20 mattresses and 20 featherbeds. In the morning the guest tells her hosts—that she was most put out —that she endured a sleepless night, kept awake by something hard in the bed; which she is certain has bruised her. The prince rejoices. Only a real princess would have the sensitivity to feel a pea through such a quantity of bedding. The two are married, and the pea is placed in the Royal Museum. (adapted from Wikipedia)
This soup is dedicated…. if you can dedicate soup, to all the princes out there looking for their princesses.
The Princess and the pea.. soup
4 slices of rindless streaky bacon
1 onion or leek
1 small lemon
salt and pepper
750g frozen peas
1 1/2 litres chicken stock
To make: Slice across the rashers of bacon to make chunky, short ribbons. Place in a medium-sized heavy bottomed saucepan and cook gently at first as the fat runs, until very crisp. scoop from the pan and set aside to drain on paper.
Meanwhile, chop the onions or leeks finely. Zest some lemon peel. Add the butter to the pan and fry the leeks or onions add the lemon zest, season cover the pan and cook over medium to low heat for 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock to the pan and bring to the boil, then add the peas. Boil for 2 minutes then liquidize in batches and pur back into your pan. Reheat and adjust seasoning with salt, cracked pepper and lemon juice. Serve with garnish of bacon. So simple, green & nutritious. Recipe thanks of Lindsey Bareham.