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Monday, February 26, 2018

Pea Soup Disaster ~ Souper Blog Hop


Gregory Green loves his mom’s pea soup, but when he eats it at school, all of his friends make fun of how it looks. He doesn’t think it looks like bugs, and it tastes good! Then at recess, his friends run from him, screaming, “He’s a monster!” Gregory doesn’t know why his friends are being mean until he sees his skin is green. The teasing gets worse until an unlikely friend comes to the rescue—his teddy bear, Sammy. Sammy usually only comes to life for Gregory and his family, but Sammy has an important lesson to teach Gregory and his classmates. 

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Pea Soup Disaster is a cute story about bullying. Gregory Green eats too much pea soup and turns green. Some of his classmates make fun of him which of course makes him sad. I read this story to a 6-year-old and a 2-and-a-half-year-old, both children were engaged and loved the pictures. It’s never too early to broach the subject of bullying with kids and this book is a great way to do it. Sammy’s secret is very cute as well and I know I look forward to reading more stories about Gregory and his teddy Sammy. 5 soupy stars! 

Favorite Soup ~ Greek Avgolemono Chicken Soup

1 (3 pound) whole chicken
1/2 cup uncooked white rice
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 egg, beaten
2 lemons, juiced
  1. Rinse the chicken and remove any organs that may be inside. Place in a pot large enough for the chicken to move around, but not too much room or the broth will be watery. Add the chicken neck if that is included with your chicken. Fill with enough water to cover by about 1 inch. Cover and bring to a boil. When boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, skimming the fat from the top as it collects.
  2. When the chicken is done, the meat should pull from the bones easily. Transfer the bird to a large bowl and set aside to cool. Add the rice, and season the broth with salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat for 20 more minutes, or until rice is tender.
  3. Whisk the eggs with the lemon juice in a bowl. When the rice is done, turn off the heat. Whisk one ladle full of hot broth into the eggs slowly so the eggs do not curdle. Gradually whisk in more broth until the egg mixture is heated. Then pour the egg mixture back into the pot, whisking briskly. The result should be a creamy, cloudy looking soup. You may season with additional salt, pepper or lemon juice at this point.
  4. You may add pieces of chicken to the soup before serving or serve soup with salted chicken on the side.


 Elaine Kaye got the idea for Pea Soup Disaster from her son who loved to eat her homemade pea soup. Pea Soup Disaster is the first of many fun stories featuring Gregory Green and his teddy bear, Sammy, as part of the Gregory Green Adventure series. 

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home. She is a grandmother of three boys. 

Find Elaine: 

Website / Instagram / Litsy - @ElaineKaye 

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  1. Yummy. A Greek recipe. I really want to try this.

    Thank you for including your review! We're both thrilled that you read it to two children. <3 Five soupy stars...clever. :)

  2. Wow! That soup is a new one on me. Sounds terrific! (But I don't want my chicken to "move around" in the pot...!)

  3. This is a neat soup for the hop. Thank you for the recipe. And thank you for joining us today.

  4. Unusual recipe, ladies. My brother is married to a Greek Cypriot but this is not something that she tackled - shame on her. But I've seen it in Greek restaurants. Different from pea soup certainly. Congratulations, Elaine on a wonderful book.

  5. Interesting soup. Sounds good. Congrats to Elaine.

  6. That's a different soup! It' looks simple enough. I'm going to try it.

  7. I've never heard of this soup, but it sounds lovely. I'm so intrigued. I may have to try this. Thanks for sharing.