What's For Dinner?

Split Pea y'all.  With a dollop of creme fraiche.
This recipe was so easy it felt like I was cheating or something!  Anyway, it takes a couple hours but all you have to do is stir occasionally and enjoy the savory scent emanating from your kitchen. 
The recipe is from Orangette, one of my favorites, and even though she recommends some fancy pantsy mail order ham which I'm sure is delicious, homie don't play that.  I just bought a crap brand at the grocery and hoped for the best and it was pretty darn good!  Recipe after the break-

Olive oil
1 slice (~4 ounces) Benton’s hickory smoked country ham, or similar
1 large onion or leek, finely diced
2 medium carrots, finely diced
2 cups dried split peas
8 cups water, plus more as needed
Salt, to taste
Apple cider vinegar, to taste

In a soup pot or Dutch oven, warm a little olive oil over medium high heat. Add the ham, and cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides. Add the leek and carrot, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but not browned, about 10 minutes. (If the pan seems dry when you add the vegetables, add oil as needed.) Add the split peas and 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil; then reduce the heat and simmer gently, stirring regularly to prevent scorching, for 90 minutes to 2 hours, or until the peas have completely broken down and the soup has a creamy texture. This amount of water makes for a fairly thick soup; if you like yours thinner, add more water until it reaches your desired texture. The slice of ham should break apart as it cooks, but if necessary, use a couple of forks to tear it into smaller pieces. Taste the soup, and salt as needed. If the flavor is a little dull, add a splash or two of apple cider vinegar; you shouldn’t taste the vinegar in the soup, but it should subtly wake up the flavor.
Serve hot.
Yield: about six servings

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