I got a little fancy with my black-eyed peas today. I had the sprouted black-eyed peas, and I had a small red bell pepper, an onion, a jalapeno pepper, garlic, and I got a “salad mix” of mesclun, kale, collards, spinach, and chard, because the bunch of collards offered in the store was just too much.
I took a about three big handfuls of the salad mix and chopped them up to small pieces. Then I finely chopped 4 cloves of garlic. I chopped up one small yellow onion. I chopped the garlic as finely as I could. I chopped the red bell pepper and the jalapeno into small pieces.
I sprinkled some salt on the greens and mashed them around until they were wilted. I added the greens to the sprouted black-eyed peas, and I added in the minced garlic, jalapeno, and chopped onion. Then I added a capful of apple cider vinegar, and about 2 capfuls of extra virgin olive oil, and mixed it all up. Finally, I added a Cajun Spice mix (because I couldn’t find paprika, and this spice mix had paprika listed as the first ingredient, and had other spices I like.
I tossed everything thoroughly — and…… voila! the Cajun Spice Mix gave it all a “smokey” flavor, which worked for me. Yumm! Hopefully, as we always hope, this will bring good luck and prosperity, as it is supposed to do.
I gave half of what I’d made to a fellow who has helped me out a lot. He is from New York, and was unfamiliar with the custom of eating black-eyed peas and collards on New Year’s Day, but he did say that everything he’s ever eaten that I have cooked was really good. I explained about the custom, so, now that he knows about it, perhaps it will bring good luck and prosperity to him, too.
I have a little leftover, so I will probably eat that for lunch at work tomorrow.