Pea Soup and dough boys

a hearty and traditional-style soup with dough boys (dumplings) sounds delicious and comforting. Here’s a step-by-step guide based on your instructions:

  1. Preparation (the night before):
    • Soak 4 pieces of salted meat in one bowl and 2 cups of yellow split peas in another bowl, both submerged in water. Leave them to soak overnight.
  2. Cooking the Soup:
    • The next day, drain both the salted meat and the yellow split peas.
    • Place them in a large pot and add 7 cups of cold water.
    • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste during the simmering process.
    • After 2 1/2 hours, add 2 carrots, 1 small turnip, and 3-5 potatoes (all peeled and cubed), along with 1 chopped onion.
    • Bring the mixture back to a boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer for another 15-20 minutes.
  3. Making the Dough Boys:
    • In a separate bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups of flour, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
    • Add 1/2 cup of cold water and one egg to the dry ingredients.
    • Stir everything together to form a dough.
    • Drop spoonfuls of the dough into the pot, about 8-10 minutes before the soup is finished cooking.
    • Cover the pot and let the dough boys cook for 5-7 minutes until they are done.

This recipe combines the rich flavors of salted meat and vegetables with the heartiness of split peas and the soft, comforting texture of homemade dumplings. It’s a wonderful meal for a cold day and sounds like it would be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy your cooking!

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