Anyone who knows me is probably scratching her head right now -- peas?! Seriously?!
I hate peas. HATE peas. But I learned last weekend that my husband loves split pea soup, yet was willing to give it up when he married me, knowing very well how much I absolutely despise peas.
I felt horrible about this -- so yesterday I made a huge batch of this stuff, just for him. It didn't smell terrible, I must admit...still, I'm not going to start eating peas, but at least now I know I can make a pretty darned good split pea soup, whenever he has a craving. The ginger makes it especially tasty.
When making this for a camping trip, you may either cook the entire thing at your campsite, omitting the blender step -- this will give you a semi-smooth soup, still just as tasty as the version below. However, you may want to make the entire thing at home, blend it to a super smooth texture, seal it, and reheat it at your campsite. Either way, the results are terrific.