This is Eric Clapton’s personal recipe for this traditional British starter. This soup is good hot or cold.


  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 small head lettuce
  • Fresh mint Fresh
  • Parsley
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 5 pints chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 pound shelled (or frozen) peas
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk


Peel and chop the cucumber and onion. Clean and chop the lettuce, mint, and parsley. Heat the butter in a saucepan and add lettuce, cucumber, onion, mint, and parsley. Stir until the butter is absorbed. Add stock, peas, sugar and season to taste with the salt and pepper. Simmer until the peas are soft. Pour into a blender and puree. Add the curry powder, milk and reheat.