4 November: Pea Soup and Plättar

Thursdays are the best because it is pea soup day! Eating pea soup on Thursday is dated back to when Sweden was a catholic country but for most people these days the tradition starts with doing their military service. Until not long ago all male citizen had to do about a year in the military service, if you refused you had to go to jail or do civil service. I did the civil service but I still had pea soup and pancakes every Thursday and I keep that tradition. Plättar are tiny pancakes, made in a special pan. If you don’t have the special pan, plättlagg, it is OK to make pancakes instead. Swedish pancakes are more like crepes, very thin, but if you prefer the American type please do that instead. Plättar or pancakes should be served with either or all of the following jams: Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry or Queens jam (that is a mix of blueberry and raspberry). Oh, I got a book packet also today, Caribbean Vegan  by Taymer Mason and The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur by Kelly Peloza. Both of them also blog for Vegan MoFo so check out their blogs, I’ll check out the books.


250 gr yellow dried peas, soaked in water over night
1 l vegetable stock
1 yellow onion, quarter
2 tsp dried thyme
salt to taste

Cook the soaked peas and onion in the vegetable stock for about an hour until all the peas has turned to mush. Add the thyme for the last 15 minutes. Remove the onion before serving. I normally soak the peas over night and make the soup in the morning. Then I let it cold down so it thickens a bit. When I re-heat I add some water to get the right consistency. Serve with mustard and hard bread. Feeds 3 persons or 2 vegans.



1 cup flour
1 cup soy milk
1/4 cup soy cream (non-sweet)
1 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix everything to a thick batter. Pour into a plättlagg or if you don’t have one use a cast iron pan and make pancakes instead. Serve with good jam. Feeds 3 persons or 2 vegans.



  1. ameyfm

    oh my gosh, I am loving your blog! those little plattar look crazy delicious! Whoever thought of mixing blueberry and raspberry jam together was a genius. It sounds perfect. Also, I love the idea of split pea thursdays. Split pea soup is so delicious. It makes me want some right now!

  2. Huh! I didn’t know about the mandatory military/civil service. No Swede has ever mentioned it. What is that glob in the left side of your soup bowl? Nut butter?

    • sus

      It is the mandatory mustard again! We swedes love our mustard 🙂

    • the conscript armed service ended this year in June actual, but the last 10 year the army haven’t had enough money to train every male so a lot of people never had to go. Normal you got drafted around 19-20 and tested to see what you would fit in as. After that you joined the service about a year later. If you didn’t want to do this you had to talk to a person appointed by the state, that decided out of some questions if you where fit for service or not. The only ones that got off were Jehovah’s Witnesses, something about they being pacifists, but every one else was ruled to be fit for at least civil service. If you didn’t want to do the civil service you had to go to jail for 2-4 month. Civil service was any thing from working at daycare to firemen and technician at water plants.

  3. The plattar and jam looks great! I’ve seen pans like that before, and now I know what they’re for!

  4. DJ

    Oh my, this looks sooooo delicious! That’s a mighty thick pea soup – my soup usually ends up thinner than this, so I’m definitely going to try your recipe and try the whole peas instead of split peas, too.

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