Saturday, May 21, 2011

Prison food

Komm, süßer Tod, Part V: King Erik XIV of Sweden
(yellow split pea soup)

Erik, son of Gustav Vasa, was king of Sweden during the Livonian War and a lot of other hijinks of the type we don't typically associate with Scandinavia today, but let me tell you, it was a bloody, bloody place. For instance: Erik received a good old Calvinist education and was quite an intelligent man. Until, that is, he started going a little nuts. It might have been schizophrenia, it might have been the constant pressure of familial-political disputes, or it might have been gradual arsenic poisoning. After Erik murdered several members of the Sture family upon accusing them of treason and imprisoned his brother John III, people had had enough. A group of nobles sympathetic to his brother dethroned him and imprisoned him in the castle of Orbyhus, where, not long after, he was murdered by eating a bowl of pea soup that had been laced with arsenic.

This soup isn't poisonous. It's darn tasty, though, especially with the enormous amounts of broccoli I continue to enjoy... a meal to revolt any three-year-old!

Not-so-deadly split pea soup
8 oz yellow split peas
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1 strip soy, turkey, or real bacon
salt, pepper, and turmeric to taste

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