Aunty Sara’s World Famous Pea & Bacon Bit Soup Recipe

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Rick Stein to headline Durban Good Food & Wine Show & is joined by fellow celebrity chefs Jenny Morris and MasterChef Australia’s Brent Owens

Jenny Morris- Chef

Jenny Morris- Chef

Everyone’s favourite chef Rick Stein will headline the Celebrity Chef’s Theatre at this year’s Good Food & Wine Show in Durban which will take place from October 30 to November 1 at the Durban Exhibition Centre.

Stein will join MasterChef Australia 2014 winner Brent Owens along with Giggling Gourmet Jenny Morris, both of them hits at the Johannesburg show last month.

Says Owens: “The GF&WS is so much fun! I loved my first visit earlier this year and am delighted to be coming to Durban – I’ve heard all about the mix of food and cultures as well as KZN hospitality and cannot wait to be coming to the city. I’ve been practising shisa nyama, chakalaka and pap since my visit to Johannesburg. Now I want to experience an authentic Durban curry. I also look forward to meeting the legendary Rick Stein.”

Says Good Food & Wine Show GM, Heidi Warricker: “I could not be more delighted to have someone of the calibre of Rick Stein headline our Durban show. He is one of my all time favourite chefs, so I am really looking forward to meeting him and watching him in action.”

The Good Food & Wine Show Durban – Friday October 30 to Sunday, November 1



Ok, this is my all time favourite soup and is my late Aunty Sarah’s recipe, taught to me over her years in the kitchen. It’s simple quick and very easy to make, oh did I say it yummolicious and all that try it will want the recipe.

Aunty Sarah’s World Famous Pea and Hock/Bacon Stoup

Aunty Sarah’s World Famous Pea and Hock/Bacon Stoup

Aunty Sara’s World Famous Pea & Bacon Bit Soup

Recipe by: Aunty Sara Beukes

Serves: 8 to 10

Prep time: 20 mins Cooking time: 45 mins


  • 500 
dried split peas

500 ml chicken stock or 2 chicken stock cubes, crumbled in 500 ml of water

  • 2 
  • 2 
250g packets of Bacon Bits
  • 65 
  • 2 
onions, finely chopped
  • 3 
large leeks, washed and finely sliced and chpped
  • 4 
stalks celery, washed and very finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, very finely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste


Rinse the peas and cook in the water until soft. Meanwhile, in soup pot add the bacon bits and cook off for until crispy, add onions and cook till translucent and add the chopped leeks carrots and celery until softened. Add the split peas, stock and the extra water and bring to the boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer until all of the ingredients have been cooked away (Optional use an immersion blender and blend till smooth), The Klutz prefers to let the sop cook until smooth, add more water to thin when necessary. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with fresh parsley.

Have a great day and remember it’s fun to cook because it’s a sharing thing. Itumelele dijo

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