walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

Hoppin' John: Beans!

Yesterday, I made hoppin' john. They were not done before noon, so at least some versions of the good luck thing say I blew it, but whatever. While some say you don't need to soak black eyed peas, I did a quick soak anyway (boil a couple minutes, then soak for a while), then cooked them for an hour. I used Aliza Green's recipe for Hoppin' John (mostly), except I didn't throw out the water at any point. I figured, these are Old World Beans, and recent crop and I was going to cook them thoroughly. I figured the gas wouldn't be a problem. And it was not, for whatever reason.

I left the salt pork/bacon out, so it was a vegetarian recipe, possibly vegan (that is, I don't remember putting anything in that would make it not vegan, like, say, honey). A little garlic, a little onion, some fresh thyme (which I had!). I didn't measure the water at any point and was making a half recipe so I was a little concerned about whether it would match up correctly, but the water did eventually absorb and it was very pretty. Sprinkle a little chipotle on top and it was good. The rest is in the fridge, so we'll see how it tastes on days 2, 3, etc.

Happy New Year!

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