Thursday, December 30, 2010
Some African Americans eat black-eyed peas and rice or Hoppin’ John on New Year s Day. In my family black-eyed peas and cornbread was the way to go. Either way, both dishes are excellent sources of protein. In addition to being an excellent source of protein, black-eyed peas are high in iron, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and complex carbohydrates, which help control blood sugar and lower cholesterol.
Although Southerners cook a wide variety of peas, it seems that Black-eyed peas reign supreme. It seems that everyone I talk to, whether Southerner or not, know about black-eyed peas. It is believed that black-eyed peas were brought to America by slaves. They were planted in the borders of fields by slaves, thus the name, field pea.
Cooking Black-eyed Peas
If you would like to prepare black-eyed peas by starting with the dried kind, here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Pick through the peas. Discard any rocks or other debris, discolored or broken peas.
2. Although not entirely necessary, beans and peas are generally soaked before cooking. It shortens the cooking time. For every cup of beans, use 3 cups of water for soaking.
3. Place peas in water, cover and refrigerate for about 8 hours or overnight. Drain the peas and cook as desired.
4. One pound of beans or peas is about 2 cups. One pound of dry beans will yield about 5 to 6 cups of cooked peas.
Here are a couple of recipes for you to try your luck with. If you don’t get around to these on New Year’s Day, you’ve got 364 more chances. Good luck and best wishes for a prosperous new year.
Marinated Black-eyed Peas
2 cans (15 ounces each) black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
¾ cup chopped bell peppers, your choice of colors
1 garlic clove
1 small onion, minced
3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 to 3 medium tomatoes
1. In a medium bowl, combine black-eyed peas, bell peppers, garlic, and onion.
2. In a small bowl combine vinegar, olive oil, and thyme. Add to vegetable mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
3. To serve, place tomatoes on individual plates. Spoon black-eyed peas onto tomatoes.
Hip Hoppin’ John
Serves 6 side dishes or 4 main dishes.
1 cup dried black eyed peas
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt, optional
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon crushed hot pepper flakes
1 small red or green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup long grained or converted white or brown rice
1. Pick through peas, discarding broken or discolored peas and any debris, such as rocks. Rinse and drain peas. Place in a large bowl and cover with 4 cups of water. Soak overnight. Drain peas and discard water.
2. In a Dutch oven, cover peas with 5 cups of water. Add bay leaf, thyme, salt (if using) and black pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Simmer until tender, about 40 minutes.
3. In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil. Add onion and garlic; cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add onion, garlic, crushed pepper and bell pepper to peas. Stir to mix well. Cook until vegetables are tender.
Cooking the Rice.
Some people cook the rice with the peas and others cook it separately. If you plan to cook the rice separately, reduce the amount of water in the peas by about 2 cups.
Source: Low-fat Soul by Jonell Nash
Monday, December 20, 2010
Now that you have a few too many cookies, why not share some of them with a coworker or neighbor. They make very nice hostess gifts. Try placing a few cookies in tins or on a pretty Christmas plate. If you are really feeling in the Christmas spirit, try adding hot cocoa mix or a container of tea or coffee.
From those of us working behind the scenes at Discover Foods, have a safe and healthy holiday season. We hope that you will come along with us next year as we continue our quest to learn more about food.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
4. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Place pan on a cooling rack; run a knife around outside edge. Cool completely.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
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Saturday, December 11, 2010
Makes 48 cookies.
Yields 2 dozen cookies.
1¾ cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
¼ cup butter, softened
1Tablespoon corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar, stirring with a whisk.
3. Combine one cup of sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add the corn syrup, vanilla, and egg; beat well. Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, beating just until combined. Cover and chill for 10 minutes.
4. Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon, stirring with a whisk.
5. With moist hands, shape dough into 42 (1-inch) balls. Roll in sugar mixture. Place balls 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets coated with cooking spray. Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass. Bake at 350°F for 5 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft). Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Remove cookies from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
Yields 42 cookies.
Source: Cooking Light Magazine, April 2003
Friday, December 10, 2010
Yields 3 dozen cookies.
Source: Eating Well Magazine, December 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Yield 2 dozen cookies.
Source: Food Network, Ellie Krieger
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup water or vegetable stock
½ Chinese eggplant (about 8 in long) cut lengthwise and then crosswise into half-moon shapes**
½ cup yellow onion, finely chopped
8 ounces raw shrimp, peeled with tails left intact
1 Tablespoon fish sauce
Pinch of sugar
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 stems of sweet Thai basil, leaves picked off
A handful of coriander stems, roughly chopped