Aunt Caroline's Dixieland Recipes/Soups/Cream of Pea Soup

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1 can peas,
1¼ teaspoons salt,
1 slice onion,
⅛ teaspoon pepper,
Bit of bay leaf,
2 cups boiling water,
Sprig of parsley,
2 cups hot milk,
1 teaspoon sugar,
1 tablespoon butter,
2 tablespoons flour.

Rinse the peas with cold water, and reserve one-fourth cup; simmer the remainder with seasonings and hot water for twenty minutes, and press through a sieve; thicken the milk with butter and flour blended together, and add to peas. Add the whole peas just before serving.