13 May 2012

Simply Stewed Black Eyed Peas


hehe so cute :)

Sometimes I crave simple food. The best food.  Tonight is one of those nights.
After a long week of not particularly taking the time that I should have to eat very well... you know, a week full of donuts, cinnamon buns, cupcakes, croissants, pizza, tarts... I really wanted some simple food. Something satisfying, something comforting.
Luckily I had soaked some black eyed peas yesterday afternoon! Hoping that they would inspire me!
Well, when I got home from work this afternoon, I immediately knew what to do! And I was really excited.



Ingredients

1-2 cups dried black eyed peas that have been soaked in water overnight
Pinch of baking soda
2 fresh Bay leaves
2 large garlic cloves, cut into large chunks, skin still on
1 carrot, washed and sliced diagonally
1 celery stalk with leaves, sliced diagonally
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
Soy sauce and/or sea salt
Balsamic vinegar
Fresh basil leaves, minced
Sesame seeds, toasted


Directions

Drain and rinse the soaked black eyed peas. Try and skim off some of the loose pea skins that will have come off in the soaking process. This will help the peas to be better digested.
Transfer the drained black eyed peas to a large pot and cover peas with fresh water by about 2 to 3 inches.
Bring water to a rolling boil, uncovered, for a few minutes.
Foam will begin to form at the surface of the water, try to remove as much as possible of it with a spoon and discard.
After a couple of minutes of boiling, once the foam has stopped forming, reduce flame to medium heat and add in the baking soda, Bay leaves, garlic, carrots, celery, nutritional yeast, mustard powder and black pepper.
The peas should be gently simmering, still uncovered, until they are tender and almost no water remains. The point is to achieve saucy style beans, not a soup. So add water or boil it off accordingly!
Once the beans are cooked to your liking, remove the Bay leaves and season with soy sauce/salt, balsamic vinegar, minced basil leaves and toasted sesame seeds.

Maybe you can enjoy these peas with a side of delicious garlicky sauteed greens like escarole, collards, spinach or kale.
Some quinoa would also be delish.
Or maybe you're in the mood for a nice fresh green salad with sprouts, cucumber and shredded beets!



Peas!


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