For you folks who subscribe to my blog, I want you to know that yes - I found my misspelled word on the etouffee blog. Tamato? That is probably exactly the way I say it. But I found it AFTER it posted.
I can blame it on late night posts and bifocals. And I forgot to spell check. Aruggh. But it's still there.
Please don't be too hard on me.........I'm really a good tamato.
She has beautiful pictures and precise measurements.
I didn't know that I was making Hopping John -
I just thought it was black-eyed peas.
In the south, we eat black-eyed peas for good luck
(my mama always said we had to eat one pea for every day
of the new year to insure good luck)
I don't know what the folks in North Dakota ate -
maybe Swedish meatballs, lutefisk, lefsa and knoephla soup
My black-eyed pea recipe:
1/4 chopped red bell pepper
1/2 chopped green bell pepper
1/2 chopped onion,
some chopped celery
(my amounts are just what was in the fridge)
cooked in olive oil (not butter)
then I added one pound of dried peas (soaked overnight) brought from Texas
and cooked it all in chicken broth for a few hours
(until we were ready to eat)
At the big grocery store in a bigger town,
I found OKRA,
which is not in too many grocery stores here in the North.
This Southern Farm Girl just needs fried (even if it's oven-fried) okra
with her black-eyed peas.
The Teddy Bear says it's okra until it's cooked, then it's
and he tolerates it any way I cook it.
So if that superstitious old-wives tale folk lore is true,