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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Black-Eyed Peas with pork jowl

 New Year's Day we just had to have the southern dish to celebrate the day. It is suppose to bring you good luck and prosperity. Black-eyed peas with hog jowl and greens.

It was a beautiful day, clear sky in the 70s...I think we were the warm spot in the country. My husband was out jet skiing, my daughter had a friend over and they were trying out her new mini bundt baking thing...it makes pretty little cakes. I'll show you how they turned out later.

For the black-eyed peas I had picked up some smoked pork jowl that they had in the New Year's display case at our local supermarket, along with the peas, and greens. I trimmed it, diced it and rendered the smoked jowl. Then added, celery, onions, and garlic (all diced and chopped nicely). About a pound of the black-eyed peas that were frozen instead of fresh this year. Then some chicken broth that I had in the freezer, enough to cover the peas about an inch. or so. Seasoned with some savory, bay leaf, and peri-peri sauce (from South Africa) I didn't need to salt it much because of the smoked jowl is a little salty, but you can salt and pepper to taste. Cook for an hour or two until everything is tender and the right thickness that you like.

The hog jowl is a lot like bacon and you can use this or ham hock in it's place. It was a nice buttery texture that melted in your mouth when the dish was all finished. Right near the end add the kale, or the greens that you have and cover until tender.

We went out to walk the beach while they were cooking. There was no wind and it was so comfortable, and it was so beautiful at sunset. We came back to enjoy our New Year's meal.
Just as good as I remember, and everyone cleaned their plate.
The weather was just perfect to enjoy the walk on the beach.
It is fun to see how different the sunset is in person, compared to the camera...
I was trying to capture all the sun rays that were peaking out through the clouds.
no green flash tonight, I think the clouds on the horizon stopped it. Have a great New Year everyone!

11 comments:

  1. happy new year tasty dish and amazing sunset as always

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  2. Hi Lyndsey, Happy New Year to you. Nice sunset pictures. :)

    Your black eyed peas look appetizing and delicious.
    Have a nice week ahead,regards.

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  3. Happy New Year Lyndsey! I hope you and your family had a good Christmas and that 2013 has started well. I have never had the black eyed peas cooked this way - the New Years tradition has definitely not made it to this side of the world!

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  4. Fantastic clicks of sunset!
    The black eyed peas looks hearty and delicious. I love it too.

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  5. 70s?? AWESOME! Jet skiing and delicious food on New Years sound perfect.

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  6. Awesome pictures of sunset!
    I've never tried black eyed peas before, looks very delicious :)

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  7. Hi Lyndsey! Happy New Year!!! Your New Year's Day meal sounds delicious. That's what my parents always had on New Year's Day as well. We opted to grill out by the pool since it was such a beautiful day. I had to go back to work on the 2nd. What was I ever thinking taking a 12 month position?!

    Anyway, hope to see you link up to Flashback Friday this weekend. I just started this last weekend. I figured it's a good way to get all my favorite old photos scanned finally. You can post any old photo(s) you'd like.

    Sure hope we have a chance to get together in the new year. It's a shame that we are so close but so busy! Happy New Year to you and your family :)

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  8. Happy New Year, Lyndsey! Thanks for sharing the sunset with us!

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  9. Happy New Year Lyndsey - and what a great looking dish. I am a sucker for sunsets and yours are totally gorgeous. I agree that what the eye sees is different from what the camera does. Have a great year ahead.

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  10. hi lyndsey, you know i always thot it's mostly chinese people who usually believe that certain food or dish will bring good luck or auspicious:) beautiful sunset, i really envy that you can always do this..walk around the beach and taking photos all the time at your place!

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  11. Hi Lyndsey, it has been a long time since you posted or did I miss something? Hope all is well with you.

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