Sunday, December 30, 2007

Just Eat It

I don't like black eyed peas. I never really have, but I'm going to eat them this year. Maybe that's what has been my problem- I never ate them in the past. Every year on New Years Day, my MIL makes this nasty cold black eyed peas salad. (Can you tell I don't like them?) Everyone eats them but me. I pass. Last week I made our neighbors some cream cheese pumpkin bread. (Don't ask for the recipe, cause I made it up and I don't even know if it tasted good.) She returned the favor by bringing us a rice dish. I thought "Great, now I don't have to cook dinner." Then I took a closer look and saw it was black eyed peas and rice. Um, no thanks. I read the card she sent along with the dish and it said to eat on New Years Day, but I tasted it first. It was good! I am surprised. That doesn't mean I'm going to start eating them on a regular basis, but maybe this year I'll give them a try. I don't think my life can get any worse, so black eyed peas and rice is what I will be eatin'. We'll see if they bring me good luck.

Charlseton Hopping John by Martha S. (my neighbor)
  • 1 c. rice, cooked

  • 1 can field peas or black eyed peas

  • 2 slices bacon (crumbled)

  • 1/4 c. onions

  • Dash of soy sauce

  • 1/4 tsp. thyme

  • 1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cook rice. While rice is cooking, fry the bacon. Pour off some of the grease. Add onions, saute with bacon. You may use some pea juice from the peas to cook onions. Add soy sauce, thyme poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add peas, then fold in rice. Serve on New Year's Day for good luck!


Kristi said...

Black eyed peas aren't so bad, kinda bland, so they need plenty of seasonings or ham/bacon to make them better.

And a rice dish in exchange for cream cheese pumpkin bread?? You got the short end of the stick!!

Monica H said...

Yeah, I definitely got gipped.

BasilBean said...

I agree that something sweet and yummy would have been more appropriate in exchange for the pumpkin bread (which sounds goooood, by the way, so if you think you can come up with the recipe I sure would appreciate it).

BUT, Hoppin' John is supposed to be good luck, so she had a sweet and kind sentiment in mind. And as a matter of fact I was just about to google a recipe for it and I found it here on your blog. So thank you and a thank you to the woman who gave it to you:)

Monica H said...

Oops, I totally forgot to eat them! Darn it! Oh, well I had pot pie instead and it was good.