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Chicken and Lotus Seed Soup

1/2 lb Dried lotus seeds
1 c Chicken
1/2 c Mushrooms; fresh or canned
1 ts Smoked ham
1/2 c Green peas
6 c Stock
1/2 ts Sugar

Blanch dried lotus seeds: soak the seeds 5 minutes in hot water. Rub off the husks. Insert a toothpick in one end of each seed. Push out & discard the bitter tasting green heart. Rinse. Boil 10-15 minutes. Drain.

Slice chicken and mushrooms. Mince ham. Shell peas.

Bring stock to a boil. Add lotus seeds, chicken, mushrooms and sugar. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes.

Add peas and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes more. Garnish with ham.

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