Wash the pieces of
Salted Pigtails (1.5 lb)
, then place in a deep pot covered in water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a rolling boil and cook for about 25 minutes. This step will to tenderize the pigtails and to remove some of the salt it was cured in.
After 25 minutes, drain and add 5 cups of
Water (5 cups)
to the pot, along with the
Yellow Split Peas (1 1/4 cups)
Garlic (4 cloves)
and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 35-40 minutes or until the peas are tender.
Meanwhile in a large soup pot, heat the
Coconut Oil (2 Tbsp)
over a medium flame, then add the
Fresh Thyme (6 sprigs)
Pimiento Peppers (3)
Culantro Leaves (3 Tbsp)
Fresh Parsley (1/4 cup)
Red Bird's Eye Chili Pepper (2)
Celery (2 stalks)
Freshly Ground Black Pepper (1/4 tsp)
. Turn the heat to low, stir well and cook for about 4-5 minutes.
Next up you can add the
Sweet Potatoes (2 cups)
Pumpkins (2 cups)
and stir well. Then add the
Chicken Stock (2 cups)
and bring to a boil and cook for about 25 minutes.
By now the peas/pigtail should be ready. Add it to the soup pot, be gentle, and stir well. Add the
Coconut Milk (1 1/2 cups)
Frozen Corn (1 cup)
Creamed Corn (1 can)
. Bring everything to a boil, reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for another 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, you may use a swizzle stick or a whisk to break the pumpkin, carrot and sweet potato down. The soup will go very thick at this point, so add some more stock or water if you feel it needs it. As it cooks, you should work on the dumplings.
Water (1/4 cup)
All-Purpose Flour (1 cup)
and if you want,
Salt (1 pinch)
in a bowl and knead to form a soft dough. Add water as necessary, then let the dough rest for about 5 minutes.
Divide into 3 smaller balls and roil each part out to form a thick straw, cylinder. Cut that into bite-size pieces, about 1/2-inch, and add to the boiling soup.
You may also add the cut pieces of
now. Cook for about 5 minutes after adding the dumplings and corn of the cob. Taste for salt and adjust accordingly, then serve.