Saturday, November 3, 2007

Pass the Peas, Please

I started this post on Monday, but didn't finish it until Friday night. Umm Here it is...,

The weekend is when I do my major cooking for the week. This is all done in preparation of the work week. There are not enough hours in the day to work, clean, cook, or do what you are passionate about. Last weekend's cook fest yield a mess of blackeye peas, stir fry kale and tomatoes, rice, baked chicken, and cornbread.

Years ago, Martha Stewart featured the "New Year's Day" meal on her Sunday morning show. It included the blackeye peas and the kale/tomatoe recipes. For the most part I follow her recipe, substituting turkey for pork and varying the quantity of some of the ingredients. I'm sure many of you ready have great recipes. Here's mine in case you wanted to try something new.

Blackeye peas

1 package (1 lb.) frozen black eye peas
2 qts water
½ large onion chopped
2 celery stokes chopped
½ green pepper chopped
Salt and black pepper add to taste
1 ½ teaspoon theme
1 tablespoon parley
½ lb Smoked turkey or ham hocks
4 pcs Okra chopped (optional)
Water as needed

Place meat in a sauce pot; add water to half full mark of the pot. Boil for about 45 minutes. Return water level to the half full mark.

Add peas, vegetables, and seasonings. Bring to boil again, cover and simmer about 30 minutes or until peas are tender. Add okra 10 minutes before the peas are to your desired tenderness. Remove from heat and serve.

Kale and Tomatoes

2 bunches of fresh Kale cleaned and chopped
3 plum tomatoes quartered
1/2 c. onion chopped
1/2 c. celery chopped
1/2 c. green pepper chopped
salt and black pepper to taste
1/4 c. olive oil
2 tblsps butter
4 pcs. okra chopped (optional)

In a large sauce pan, heat olive oil and butter (medium low flame). Add onion, celery, and green pepper. Saute until tender.
Add kale and tomatoes; cover and simmer, carefully stir vegetables until tender. Add okra 10 minutes before desired tenderness of kale.

Add salt and black pepper to taste, serve.


  1. I have never had kale!I am going to have to try that recipe.That peas recipe my dh would love that!

  2. Yummy! Kale is so good for you...I'm making this today!

  3. Mmmm!!! These sound delicious. Kale is one of my faves, and it has such a mellow flavor.

  4. Making me hungry. Reminds me that I need to do some test drives on some new recipes. I'm going to try a Pecan Tort.

  5. Your dinners always look so yummy! I need to hang out at your house on the weekends!

  6. Oh my goodness!!! You just made me SO hungry at my desk!! I am DEFINITELY trying these at home -- maybe even for dinner with the hubby! WOW!

  7. I have a recipe for turnip greens you may like: I take one can of greens and drain it, put it in a skillet with one tablespoon of olive oil (or more), one minced garlic clove, 1 cup chopped tomatoes, one chopped or sliced onion, and two cups cauliflower florets. Steam with a lid on for a until the cauliflower starts to cook. Take the lid off and saute until done. Don't forget to salt to taste. I hope you like it.

  8. Thanks everyone! Donna I will try your recipe. Sounds good.

  9. Girl..even though I am on my way to Poland..a sistuh will be ready for some good soul food upon my return...have the kale and tomatoes ready for me when I get back..tee hee...Have a wonderful, safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Luv ya!



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