The scrummiest soup in the cosmos!
In a very large heavy based pot- add split peas and water (enough to allow peas to expand). Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes stiring occasionaly. Meanwhile you can prepare the veges.
Add the veges, hock (or bacon bones) and bacon and continue to simmer. You will have to add water with veges but don't go overboard- the veges will break down. I let mine simmer away for 4 hours and the veges had softened perfectly. Serve with some crusty bread rolls or slice up some french sticks. Serves about a thousand hungry Zimbabweans.
To lessen cooking time (by more than half)- soak split peas in a bowl of water over night before cooking.