Since we were schlepping through airports and such on New Year's Eve, I wasn't prepared to cook on New Year's Day. Also, being in airports and such on NYE, I kept seeing news stories about black eyed peas being the food of choice for the next day. It isn't our custom to cook or eat black eyed peas on New Year's Day, probably because we are not from the south. The only custom relating to New Year's Day pertains to football. But, black eyed peas reminded me of something - of this recipe that I hadn't cooked in a few years. Yesterday I remedied that and made it. Not only is it yummy, it makes you feel a bit virtuous when you indulge. It's pretty healthy.
3 tablespoons canola or olive oil
1 cup diced onion
2 large cloves or garlic, minced
3/4 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup diced carrots
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili pepper
1 bay leaf
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 cup black eyed peas, cooked (I started with 1 cup dried and cooked according to directions on the bag)
1 can 28 oz. plum tomatoes, chopped
3 1/2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken broth if not strictly vegetarian)
2 medium zucchini, diced
1 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
Heat oil in large dutch oven. Add onion and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Add garlic, celery, and carrots. Cook 5 minutes longer. Mix in spices and herbs. Add the bell peppers, black eyed peas, tomatoes, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook, partially covered, for 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings and add zucchini and bring mixture to a boil. Stir in rice, cover, and reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in parsley and serve.
I have another good start going on...... I have strips of fabric lined up and hanging all over the house.
Lots of 'em. Some of them are even sewn together and cut. These are the scraps left over. I haven't tossed them yet because I think there must be another use for them. There is enough there that I could cut 2 1/4" strips for binding, but I have never used binding with so many seams. I'm thinking it would be courting trouble as one of those seams would have to come in contact with a corner at some point. Has anyone tried it?
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