" Raising Cain" Split Personality Pea Soup

The following recipe was featured during the presentation of Raising Cain during TBS Superstation's Dinner & a Movie.

You will need:

For the good soup:

  • 1 tablespoon, olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-cup yellow dried split peas
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 cup whole plain yogurt

...And for the evil soup:

  • 1 tablespoon, olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-cup green dried split peas
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 smoked ham shank
  • 2 hot links or kielbasa, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1 fake mustache w/ nose attached
  • 1 bad attitude

Directions:

1. Set 2 large, heavy saucepans on the stove; One, a dull black cast iron; the other, a gleaming copper showpiece.

2. Pick through the peas and rinse well.

3. Divide the olive oil, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaves, and salt between the two vessels. Cook slowly over medium heat until the vegetables become softened and fragrant. Do not brown.

4. For the evil soup, abruptly and carelessly add the green split peas and chicken stock to the cast iron pot, then give an insincere stir and walk away.

5. For the good soup, attentively check that the yellow split peas are looking fine, then painstakingly add them to the copper kettle one by one. Stir with reverence to ensure that each glorious yellow bead has been nurtured in the sweet warm mixture, then add the water in a savory baptism of glory and deliverance.

6. Throw the ham shank and kielbasa in the evil green split pea mixture, followed by a couple of glugs of sherry. Stir if you must.

7. Increase the heat and bring the two mixtures to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about an hour diligently checking and stirring you-know-which-one as often as possible.

8. Combine the curry powder and yogurt and whisk until smooth. Then take a moment to linger near the copper pot, envisioning and murmuring to it just how remarkably complex and delectable it will be.

9. Ladle the two soups side-by-side into 1 warm bowl, add a spoonful of the curried yogurt and watch the fun.

Clean up tip: Try to conjure up a personality that likes to do dishes.

Serves 1 person (in 16 bowls)



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