As I’ve said, I’m really enjoying participating in Strange But Good hosted by Laura at Sprint 2 The Table. I fit right in because people sometimes think my food looks strange…Hey…there are times that I think my food looks strange! But it’s usually good, so I’ve found a home with Laura!
For years, I’ve heard about Hoppin’ John. This is a dish that is made traditionally on New Year’s Day. It’s made with black-eyed peas and rice. The black-eyed peas are supposed to bring you good luck in the New Year. I had never actually tried black-eyed peas until sometime in 2012, I don’t exactly remember when. Cooked up a big crock pot full and then used them as I do any of the other beans I make. I liked them and planned to try them again, then I thought about the Hoppin’ John tradition.
I cooked up a half bag of them in my smaller crock pot on Monday with the intention of making it on Tuesday. Didn’t happen…Until Wednesday…
I had also searched on-line for some vegetarian versions and found many. They sounded good, but Heck…it’s rice and beans, why not try my own version. I decided to just go with what I had in the fridge, knowing it would be different from the traditional, but I didn’t care.
I cooked up a pot of brown rice with some knock off Mrs. Dash added in. I sautéed onions and garlic, added red bell peppers, a cup of the black-eyed peas, veggie broth, cabbage and snap peas. Ok, I realize, not traditional, but Someone has to eat all of these veggies I bought!! ;-)
Colorful if nothing else!
How about a close up…
Yes, there ARE black-eyed peas in there. Can’t see the rice, but I hadn’t mixed it up yet. I was up in the air about what seasonings to add so I just added a little more of the Mrs. Dash and left it at that. I must say that I would consider it a success. Traditional, No…Delicious, Yes! Lucky me, I have enough of everything that I can make it again tonight!
One strange footnote. I tried to look up black-eyed peas on the website I usually use to get nutritional info. They were Not listed! Best I could figure out from other sites, I got 11 grams of protein from my peas. Not bad, although when you compare to 18 grams for a cup of lentils…well we know who the winner is.
So that’s Strange But Good for today. Be sure to check out the other blogs over at Sprint 2 The Table and see what odd things everyone comes up with! ;-)
Happy Friday! Cook something Strange!