New Years Black Eyed Peas

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday season and had fun celebrating last night. 🙂

This morning started off with the traditional cooking of the black eyed peas. For those not familiar, black eyed peas are eaten on New Years Day for good luck. The swelling of the beans represent prosperity. They are typically cooked with a pork product, such as ham hock or bacon, and eaten with greens or cabbage. The greens (or cabbage) represent money, and pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, not backwards. So, not only does this southern dish taste good, it’s full of symbolism.

I cook these every year, but I do believe I outdid myself this year. I made the best black eyed peas I’ve ever made, in the shortest amount of time!! I didn’t have to pre-soak anything, nor did I have to start the pot cooking last night. The whole thing took about 40 minutes (only because I made such a large batch). OMG, they taste like they’ve been cooking all day!! People, if you don’t have an Instant Pot, get one. It will make your lives soooo much easier!!

My recipe today:

  • 3 pounds black eyed peas (we have company coming over)
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 handful sea salt
  • 1 handful (but slightly less than the salt) black pepper
  • Tony Cachere’s Original Creole Seasoning (I just shook that until it felt right)
  • 1/2 handful Tajin seasoning
  • 2 ham hocks
  • Chicken Broth until it’s all covered

Put everything in the Instant Pot, no specific order except add the broth last. Select the Soup setting on your Instant Pot. Make sure your pressure cooking level is set to High. Adjust your timer to 40 minutes. MAKE SURE your top knob is turned to the “sealing” position, and walk away. In 40 minutes, you’ll have the best black eyed peas you’ve ever tasted.

Oh, and heavens! Don’t forget your cornbread with this dish!  It’s a must! Bon appetite! And Happy New Year!!!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day, Everyone!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day here in the U.S. We wear green, we celebrate. St. Patrick’s Day is the one day of the year when everyone is Irish. 😉

Tonight, I’m going to a party at a friend’s house. We’re upholding a longstanding annual tradition of watching The Boondock Saints. Some words of advice if you haven’t seen this movie yet:

  • Put the kids to bed first.
  • If you’re easily offended by foul language or violence, put yourself to bed next.
  • Do not try to make a drinking game out of the movie
    • If you try to drink every time they say the F*** word, you’ll never make it to the middle of the movie, much less the end. 😉
  • Do watch the deleted scenes and outtakes on the DVD after you’ve watched the movie. They’re well worth it.

May you all have fun tonight. Celebrate, but be responsible. If you find you’ve had just a tad too much, ask a friend if you can stay the night, or call a taxi. Faith and Begorrah, y’want to celebrate another day, now, don’t ya’? 😉