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There’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup to warm the body and soul when the weather outside is a blizzard.

Split Pea and Ham Soup

2 and bit cups (500 grams) organic yellow split peas
1 1/2 cups cooked ham diced plus ham bone
I medium yellow onion diced
3 stalks celery diced plus leaves
4 medium carrots diced
6 to 7 cups of unsalted chicken broth
2 cups water
2 medium garlic cloves crushed
2 bay leaves
2 whole cloves (optional)
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/4 to 1/2 tsp of Bolivian Rose rock salt or any other salt to taste

Place ingredients in large crock pot and cook on medium low heat for 2 and a half hours. Stir and check periodically if more liquid is needed. Remove bone and add remaining chunks of ham to the soup.

I cook my ham with cloves and maple syrup, the cloves add a sweet aromatic element to the soup.

Serve with a sprinkling of fresh pepper and peppered cheese toasts and enjoy.