With the end of the holiday season my family is left with lots of leftovers. The leftovers we have are just as seasonal as the Christmas ham. Ham and Cheese Casserole is my husband’s favorite seasonal leftover. With all the extra ham from Christmas dinner I make a casserole with a white sauce baked to bubbling with carrots, celery, and potatoes. It’s a good thing that he loves it so much because the rest of the family only tolerates it. We get a meal out of it and my husband happily eats all the leftovers of his casserole over the next day or two.
While my husband’s favorite Christmas ham leftovers are tolerated by our family my favorite ham leftovers are down right hated. I always make split pea soup for lunch two or three days after Christmas with the ham bone. My children see I’m busy cooking in the kitchen and ask “What are you cooking, Mom?”
“Split pea soup.” I reply, knowing what’s coming next.
“Eww! Throw-Up Soup!” comes the expected response.
My kids call it “Throw-Up Soup” an account of when the one time they tried it, it made them want to throw up.
My kids also call a Christmas cookie “Reindeer Poop” on account of the fact that the 1-inch ball chocolate cookie looks like the leftovers of a reindeer. Throw-Up Soup is a holiday tradition but nowhere near as loved as Reindeer Poop. We make at least two batches of Reindeer Poop during the holidays and enjoy the whole process of baking the cookies. When I make my after-Christmas batch of split pea soup I get harassed and my soup is called names.
My husband looks over my shoulder to see what’s cooking. He see what it is and says “Oh. Making your puke soup, huh?” There’s no love lost when it comes to split pea soup in my house.
I make Throw-Up Soup for me and I look forward to having it every year after Christmas. Where there’s a ham, there’s a ham bone and split pea soup. One ham bone and a pound of split peas makes a lot of soup. I enjoy a bowl for lunch that day with saltine crackers and pour out another serving in a plastic container for lunch later that week. The rest of the batch I put in freezer-safe containers in individual servings. This year I had enough for five servings to stash in the freezer for future enjoyment. Warm soup and crackers makes a delightful lunch at work. I’ll sit at the table in the staff lounge and enjoy my split pea soup free of judgement.