Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year's and Black Eyed Pea Soup


Happy New Year’s everyone! Still playing catch-up here, and been having some fun too. The weather has been perfect and any time outside feels like a breath of fresh air. We have been taking long walks in the Mountain Preserves close to our home. On one of our daily adventures Olive got a sticker in her paw and even after Don removed the sticker she did not want to walk. He then carried her until we came to a flat and not so rocky trail where she would walk on her own. Pretty impressive as she is a seventy pound 10 year old chocolate lab.


Yesterday I made a pot of black eyed peas. Usually they are made with pork and greens and then served along-side a slice of cornbread. Here I made them meatless and cooked them slowly in a dutch pot on the stove-top. In the Southern United states eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s is thought to bring prosperity in the New Year, the peas representing coins and the greens symbolizing money.

Ingredients:

2 cups dried black eyed peas
1 sweet onion (diced)
2 medium-sized carrots (diced)
2 to 3 stalks of celery (diced)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 tomatoes (diced)
8 cups water
1 hand full fresh parsley (chopped)
1 hand full fresh oregano (chopped)
3 cups chopped greens (I used chard (spine removed)and spinach)
½ to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (depending on your preference)
Salt and pepper to taste

To prepare:

In a large bowl of water soak beans overnight, completely covered.

Drain and rinse beans, set aside. In a large soup pot add a tablespoon of olive oil, then add onion, celery and carrots and sauté until tender, about 12 to 15 minutes, add garlic sauté constantly about one minute. Add red wine vinegar and sauté until evaporated. Add tomatoes, water, beans and then herbs. Cook until beans are tender. (Mine took a couple of hours).


Add greens, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, simmer another 40 minutes.





Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

40 comments:

  1. Cheri, this soup looks perfect after a long walk on New Year's day! I also made some black eye peas on NYE and had the leftovers today...I did a simple dish and not soup and now wish I had gone with soup. Hope 2016 is starting off with a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks Monica, yes we are having a wonderful week-end, love the weather we are having right now.

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  2. So sorry about your dog getting hurt. May the black eyed peas do their trick and may 2016 hold all you need :)

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    1. Thanks Tandy, Olive is doing great, she loves hiking in the desert.

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  3. Poor Olive! She does look very sad. And that's a big load to carry! I hadn't heard that about black eyed pea soup - must make myself some xx

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    1. Hi Charlie, that is her down trodden face, she is fine now. Take care!

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  4. Hi Cheri,
    I've not tried red wine vinegar in soup but I liked black eyed peas soup. Looks good.Hope Olive gets better soon !

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    1. Thanks Karen, she is already doing well, take care!

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  5. Lovely black eyed pea soup. It looks warm and comforting. Looks delicious. :)

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  6. Glad your dog is doing better, she looks like a very sweet girl.:) And I love your black-eyed pea soup recipe,it sounds delicious!

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    1. Thanks Marcelle, yes, she is the sweetist dog we have ever had, I have kind of spoiled her, she does not like any kind of discomfort. Happy New Year!

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  7. poor puppy! some days i want to curl up on the couch like that too, but i don't have a legitimate reason like she does. :)
    LOVE black eyed pea soup--happy new year indeed!

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    1. Thanks Grace, Happy New Year's to you too!

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  8. I've had black eyed peas every new year's day for as long as I can remember. I've never had them as a soup but I'm certainly going to try your recipe.

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    1. Thanks Karen, it's a very versatile soup but I love the flavor of these "peas"......

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  9. The blackeyed peas look wonderful Cheri Happy New Year!! Poor Olive, she looks so sweet curled up on the chair. Hope her foot is doing ok now.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, her foot is fine, we have spoiled her a little and she is getting older, so we baby her even a more.

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  10. Poor Olive - how sweet your husband carried her and she let him! Glad you are enjoying lovely weather. I think it's finally going to get cold here in Virginia. Love this soup - I bet it is delicious! Have a wonderful week Cheri.

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    1. Hi Tricia, Olive seems to have no trouble being carried, she is a big old baby. Have a great week as well.

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  11. Cheri - this sounds like a wonderful and healthy way to begin the new year! Both the walking, and the cooking! Happy new year to you and Don.

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    1. Hi David, yes for us it does not get any better. Wishing you and Mark the best!

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  12. Black eye peas on New Years is a southern must have (smile).

    Happy New Year to you!

    Velva

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  13. Your black eyed pea soup looks delicious! I hope your dog is okay now!
    Cheri, I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Dawn, Happy New Year to you as well!!~

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  14. Hope it's not too late to fix my plate of prosperous peas and black-eyed beans =) Happy New Year, Cheri! Wishing you and yours including your precious doggy the best year ever.

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    1. Hi Kim, it's never too late, Happy New Year!

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  15. Happy New Year! Sorry to hear about your dog though :(
    We are eating a lot of meals like bean soup at the moment to get back on track and save some money too.

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    1. Hi Dannii, Olive is doing great, back on the trails again. Take care!

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  16. Happy New Year, Cheri. I'm glad the pooch is alright. Your soup looks divine. D

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  17. This soup looks so mouth- watering! Happy New Year ♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  18. Your dish is the perfect start for the new year! Hope Olive is doing well now, she looks adorable! I have the apple pattern set of Franciscan ware which yours looks like. Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi Pam, the dishes were my mom's which I treaure so much I am almnost afraid to use them. Olive is back to normal, Happy New Year tp you!!!!

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  19. A very happy new year to you cheri! This soup looks like the perfect way to start the year. I have some soup cooking right now :-) Hope Olive has completely recovered!

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