Ham & Pea Soup

London Particular

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Appears in
Lavender & Lovage: A Culinary Notebook of Memories & Recipes From Home & Abroad

By Karen Burns-Booth

Published 2019

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This classic British soup takes its name from the dense fogs that used to cover London, known as “pea soupers” due to their yellowy/green colour. In Charles Dickens’ “Bleak House”, William Guppy remarks to Esther Summerson that the fog is a “London Particular”, giving this soup it’s rather delightful alternative name. It’s traditionally made with split green or yellow peas and ham stock, but if you have no ham stock to hand, use chicken or vegetable stock instead with some cooked bacon in p