Rule 1, "find the right recipe!"
Jan. 2, 2012 7:46 pm
Updated: Jan. 6, 2012 6:45 pm
I should have asked long ago, just what it would take to make an edible batch of Black Eyed Peas! Following advice from here at AR, I managed to produce a pot of "peas" that were not only edible, but have caused me to have a whole new outlook on the dried
I used (as advised) frozen black eyed peas, added half a bag of "multi-bean mix" that I'd soaked overnight. Toss in a hefty amount of onion, a couple cloves of garlic, and let it cook all day at which time I put the pot into the frige overnight. I found that
they needed a hefty quantity of salt, but then I've been hitting the salt shaker rather heavily of late... For liquid, I used a mix of turkey broth Deni had given me, some ham broth I had made with the last bone with meat, and a bit of bacon for the fat...
I'd thought I had a ham hock, but it turned out to be a pastrami sandwich!
So, the morning of the gathering, I pulled the pot out of the frige, and plugged it back in again to let it simmer a while. Before leaving the house, I fished out the bits of bacon and taste tested one more time. I have a new respect for the "black eyed pea!"
My point tonight is, that so many folk had told me that black eyed peas don't taste like "mud," IF they're made properly! Many of you here offered opinions on the "right" way to make them. You were ALL right, though I left out the tomatoes as many advised,
and made sure that they were of a consistancy that wouldn't be mistaken as a "soup," but more of a side dish - which was my intent.
I'm also quite pleased to report that the New Year has provided me with some new toys... Since I'm currently watching the last disc of the last season of NUMB3RS, I ordered and recieved the first 5 seasons of the Closer. Also, yesterday I was given a bread
machine, which had been given to my friend Rose - who would no doubt never use it! Unknowingly, I mentioned to her one afternoon that I was thinking of buying one, to which she replied, "I have one that you can HAVE!" OMG, what a cool extra gift this holiday
season! It sat in the trunk of my car till this afternoon, but as of now I've the instruction book by my side, and the machine is on the dining table, awaiting my finding a new home (storage) place for not only it, but also my new pressure canner.
So all, be well, and I hope that the year 2012 brings good fortune to all of us! Meanwhile, be healthy, be happy, be crazy!