Black-eyed Peas and a Happy New Year
Since Christmas day one person or another has been sick in our household. A terrible bug swept through and had everyone suffering a two-day wringing out of the body. We couldn’t guess where it came from but it sure went around. Everyone got it but me! I don’t know how I escaped such doom but I did and am so grateful. I’ve been pretty busy ministering to the unfortunate and disinfecting surfaces…plus Christmas and New Year’s came and went in spite of us. Let’s just say it was a pretty laid-up and laid back holiday season.
To celebrate the good fortune of everyone finally being well today and for never falling ill myself, we had a great lunch of black-eyed peas. It only took 40 minutes start to finish and I only had to chop vegetables a bit in the beginning and salt everything a bit in the end. I used:
- 2 cups sorted and rinsed black-eyed peas
- 7 cups boiling water
- 2 tablespoons oil
- one diced onion
- 1 carrot thinly sliced
- 1 rib of celery thinly sliced
- a dash each of cilantro, parsley, garlic, and pepper
- one 14 oz. can of chicken stock.
- 1 and 1/2 tsp. salt
Boil water in the pressure cooker and add the peas. Saute the sliced vegetables on high heat in a large skillet with some butter, bacon grease , olive oil or any combination of each (I used half olive oil and half bacon grease). Dash in a good amount of each of the seasonings and continue to saute until onions have a little gold color on the edges. Ladle out some of the boiling water of the peas into the skillet. Swish it around to deglaze the caramelized flavors off the pan and pour all contents of the skillet into the pressure cooker giving it a good stir. Secure the lid and once you hear steam set the timer for 20 minutes.
Turn off all heat and let the pressure become level for the next 15 minutes or so. When you can open the pressure cooker and add the can of stock. Add as much salt as you like to taste. To make this vegan, use vegetable broth, a tsp, of liquid smoke, and just olive oil to sautee the veggies instead of bacon grease. Serve hot.
I’ve gotten everyone cured/taken care of for the time being, we’ve given thanks, and had our black-eyed peas… now, I feel a warm winter’s nap coming. Happy New Year!