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Why I Love the AWC: Because I can send out an email to the 123 members asking if there is anyone who would like to take 2 cans of Campbell's Green Pea (shudder) soup off my hands and 5 minutes later get not one, but 2 responses that yes indeed, there ARE people out there that would be happy to have them. (update: FOURTEEN FIFTEEN people have responded so far)

One of my colleagues was in New York last week, and while emailing about work, he offered to bring me back something...I asked about my disappearing shampoo, but he couldn't find it, so I gave him a list of my favorite Campbell's soup flavors and said a couple of cans of any of them would be great.

I gave him this list:

Cream of Celery
Cream of Potato
Cheddar Cheese (which I use for sauce, not soup)
Scotch Broth
Chicken Noodle
Chicken & Rice

Instead of a couple of cans of soup, he brought me NINE cans! Wasn't that nice?? Except what I received was this:

New England Clam Chowder
Vegetable Beef (2 cans)
Green Pea (2 cans)
Chicken Noodle (2 cans) (score!)

Now, I am not complaining, not in the slightest. I was thrilled that he was so kind as to actually brave an American grocery store, which believe me, are NOT for the faint of heart, and carry back heavy cans of soup and he went above and beyond in his kindness, when I was only expecting TWO, maybe three cans! But because he stood there in front of a giant wall of red-and-white-labeled cans and couldn't find the flavors I had listed, he picked the ones he thought were closest. Sort of. Well, celery is green and peas are green, so okay, I can see the connection.

And all the rest of them will get eaten, so that's okay, but green pea soup and I have a long history of mutual dislike. Once when I must have been around 13-14*, when my mom served it for dinner and I tried it and hated it and didn't want to eat it, it became the centerpoint in a table-battle of wills between my father (you WILL eat that soup) and me (I'll BARF if you make me).

And I did. Right there at the table. I can't recall that particular soup ever showing up again at dinner.

When I moved to Sweden I was understandably suspicious and wary and nose-crinkly about the institution that is Swedish Pea Soup. It's served regularly on Thursdays at restaurants and cafeterias and homes all over Sweden, every week. Even in the summer. Sometimes it has pork in it, and sometimes it doesn't, but the thing that finally got me to taste it and ultimately won me over is that it is not made with GREEN peas. It is made with yellow peas and while you might think that is just semantics or splitting hairs, it makes all the difference in the world. It's still not a favorite or even something I'd ever order given my druthers, but I've learned to manage if it's served to me by a friend, and occasionally I've even —gasp— liked it. But I'm still not going to cozy up to its evil twin, Green Pea Soup.

Cracking Me Up: HAHAHAHAHA!!!

*Correct me if I'm wrong about the time period, Mom, but I see the German dining room furniture in my memory of this, although that could just be because it's the dining room furniture that I remember best.
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Well.....I remeber the inceident- but thought it was your sister- and totally something else to eat. Now that you are much older and more tolerant about tasting- maybe I can try it I've always enjoyed. But what I wanted to read in your LJ today- was that the Embassy was co-operating?????? Love, Lizardmom


When it was my turn to win( lose? ) the battle with Dad it was spicy mexican rolled things ( enchilado?) and a glass of milk and the Belgian dining room. I do not recall the green pea soup thing...... probably blocked it from my memory but to this day I am not fond of it either so maybe I was there and have sympathy grossness.. :)


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oh-my-gawd. It's totally not the "fish-asshole" part of that Campbell can that grosses me out, it's the CREAM part in the whole equation. I cant COPE, arghlmbgh...

HAHAHAHA!! It's STILL cracking me up! :P

He did try! You must have been stoked until you saw what the flavors were!

It sure made me laugh! :D

I love pea soup, but not Campbells. bleh. Homemade only. Poor you.
Ah well, you've got a story to tell.

And a good giggle out of it :)


Ah HA! So that's why I can stand eating Swedish pea soup but I totally believe that GREEN PEAS ARE THE DEVIL'S VEGETABLE!!

I always wondered.

Once I was telling some friends (Geir and A.S.) about how much I hate green peas, and they were kinda giving me a weird look. Turned out they were both thinking I was going on and on about how much I hated Green Peace ;-)


LOL! Green Peace!! :D HAHAHAA!! that is hilarous! Can you believe I had TEN responses (so far) to that email?!!

Okay, so you can totally disregard my response this morning, since I didn't see a followup email that they'd been taken.

I did answer your email, didn't you get my reply? I was at work, and sometimes the webmail is wonky.

Green Peas and Green Peace

Best bumper sticker ever.


Hahaha! What is it about fathers demanding tha tyou eat something you say you can't? In our house, the dish that will live in infamy is honey-glazed crinkle-cut carrots. I told him I would be sick if I ate them and my mom was out (or else this never would have happened) and so I lost the battle, and promptly threw up. I wasn't the only one either. We never had them ever again and the mere thought of them still makes me a little green. ;-)

What kind of shampoo is it? Do they not make it anymore or is it just hard to find?

Thermasilk. They aren't making it anymore. There's a replacement series, but I haven't tried them, and the ones with the same name which just started showing up here aren't that great. :(

Oh my god! You could have so made a pie floater - culninary delight from my (and coutresy's) very own hometown!

Damn. I should have been reading lj earlier in the week. I miss pie floaters.

Now I'm hungry.

WHY did I click on that link?! Why? I should know better when it comes to Australian "delicacies."

I read that ICA has begun importing fresh green peas (in the wintertime from Kenya!) as opposed to frozen or dried peas. Supposedly they taste differently, and certainly is in a different price range as well. Perhaps there is a significant difference between green pea soup made from fresh or frozen peas?

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