It might seem strange to include a recipe for black-eyed peas on a music site but music is about creating a better life and so is eating delicious healthy food.

I like to cook beans in my Fagor pressure cooker.  It's quick and easy.  Here's how I make black-eyed peas. (A.K.A. blackeye peas, black eyed peas.)

Ingredients:

1 lb bag of dry black-eyed peas

1/2 onion

2-3 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cumin

2 teaspoons oregano

a little black pepper 

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Empty a 1 lb bag of black-eyed peas into a strainer and rinse thoroughly while removing any little stones or badly damaged beans.

Soak the beans in water in the pressure cooker that is about 2 times the amount of beans.  You can add a very small amount of baking soda if you want, some people say this cuts down on gas.

Soak at least 12 hours, changing the water at least once, maybe twice.  The beans will swell up after absorbing the water. 

Drain them completely before cooking and add fresh water just up to the level of the beans.  Adding a very small amount of baking soda (like 1/8 teaspoon) at this point seems to make the beans softer.

Add 1/2 chopped onion and a 2-3 minced garlic cloves at this point.

Close the lid tightly and bring it to pressure for 4 minutes.  Remove from heat and let it come to pressure naturally. You might need to adjust the time a little depending on your cooker.

Add:

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cumin

2 teaspoons oregano

1 little black pepper to taste

1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)

Stir.  I like the combination of spices but it's fun to experiment with your own.  Salt and spices should be added after the beans are cooked.

The beans will be firm (keep their shape) but soft and very tasty. You can eat some right away but I prefer to let them sit for a while.  They will continue to absorb more water and flavor and the broth will thicken.

 

 

 

Sadly, an amazing Canadian songwriter, Steve Ambroise (1961-2019) left us this week.  Fortunately his many excellent songs are still with us so we can remember just how extraordinary his music is.  Give his work a good listen at Reverbnation or any any other place you can find him. 

He was always teased about how much he sounds like Neil Young.

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Hope this doesn't kill your appetite!  

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