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Shopping Around the World

Shopping Around the World

Shopping Around the World is hosted by us and our friend Fozziemom.  This month since it is the Thanksgiving holidays here in the States, we are focusing on Thanksgiving foods.  We have elected to post a side dish that everyone loves here in the south – black-eyed peas.  Yummo!  I admit that even this little oinker loves these peas.  They are tasty… but of course I like mine without the bacon – you know for obvious reasons – snorts and rolls with piggy laughter.  I leave the recipe and other delights of this recipe to mom – take it away mom! ❤


Black-eyed peas.  Some people hear the name and stick out their tongue making a grimace while others smile and can’t wait to jump in feet first and eat their way out of the bowl.  Which category do you fall into my friends?  You’re not sure yet?  Let me tell you my recipe and then you can make your choice.  You will need the following:

⇔ Two cans of black-eyed peas (you can use fresh peas- I take help where I can) $0.98 each = $1.96

⇔  Four slices of bacon $3.99 pack/12 slices = $1.32

⇔ Cilantro $1.49 a pack; onion $0.49; olive oil $6.99 bottle; red pepper flakes $1.49 bottle = $1.50

Total Cost per Dish $4.78

The first thing we do is get out the old southern iron skillet.  Put a tad of oil in the bottom, cut up the bacon strips and fry them in the skillet.  While the bacon is cooking, dice up your onion and chop up your cilantro.  Once the bacon has cooked, scoop out the fried bacon and put on a paper towel to drain.  Leave the bacon grease in the skillet and add your onions to give them some color.  While the onions are cooking, open your cans of black-eyed peas, drain them and wash them.  Now some people use the juice out of the can, we don’t.  If you like it, by all means use it.  Once the onions have some color, pour in your two cans of black-eyed peas.  Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to your taste.  Your black-eyed peas will have a semi fried taste – awesome.  Trust me.  Once everything is heated through, pour into a serving dish and top with cilantro and your fried bacon.  You will never want black-eyed peas the old way again 🙂

 
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Posted by on 11/30/2016 in Shopping Around the World

 

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Blogger Action Day – Year of the Bean

Today my friends at WhattheDucks is celebrating Blogger Action Day in Celebration of Year of the Bean!  This is what their blog said on 1/27/2016:

“To join in, all you have to do is post something about beans, legumes or pulses on your own blog that day .  Share a recipe, upload a photo, write an ode to a chickpea!  Beans are good & blogging is good fun.  Hope to hear from as many bloggers as possible.  Even if some folks don’t know beans about beans, maybe you do!  Happy Year of the Bean, peeps!”

With that being said and being from the South – you just know that my mom is going to celebrate The Black-Eyed Pea.  Black-eyed peas are a staple here in the south.  On the first day of the new year, you have to serve them and collard greens for dinner.  It’s a tradition.  It’s thought by doing so, it brings prosperity to the new year.  And between you and me, mom makes sure they are on the table… you know just in case.

Now dad is not a huge fan of the black-eyed pea.  Therefore mom has to ‘doctor’ them up and give them such a flavor that dad eats an entire dish and then says that was wonderful without knowing what he ate… snorts – sounds like my mom huh?  Well, I’m going to head out because mom says that I don’t need to know how these are cooked.  She has a glint in her eye and I’m thinking it involves pig.  So here you go my friends – mom’s recipe.


Now, I wasn’t able to make these before today – I know – I know.  There’s been so much going on here at the Hotel Thompson that it’s been unreal.  But I wanted to share with you my recipe for these wonderful understated beans.  Now this picture to the right is off of the internet under a google search of images.  Doesn’t it look amazing?!   They really are – if you’ve never tried them, you *must* at least once.  Now, I’ve asked Bacon to leave the blog because it does involve P.O.R.K. products which we don’t use here unless Bacon is out for the day.  Here’s the recipe to my Spicy Black-Eyed Peas:

UPDATE:  Lori brought it to my attention a very important step that my fast fingers left out – LOL.  The day before you make this recipe, you want to soak your package of black-eyed peas.  Shaking my head – how could I leave this step out?  What I do is the night before, before I go to bed I take a pot and fill it with water and add some salt.  I pour the package of black-eyed beans in the water – enough to cover – and then put the lid on the pan.  I leave this pan on the counter over night while we sleep.  The next day, I will drain them dry for cooking them at brunch/lunch.  The beans absorb the water softening them for cooking this recipe.t

Take 4 slices of any type of bacon that you like.  We prefer the thick cut or pancetta – which ever you have on hand.  I find it easier to go ahead and cut the bacon into small pieces and fry up in your iron skillet – we all have one here in the south 🙂  Once the bacon is done, scoop it out of your skillet and put on a napkin to drain the excess fat.  Put this aside for later.

Take one 16 ounce package of dried black-eyed peas that you have washed and add them to iron skillet that still has your bacon drippings.  Add fresh or a 12 ounce can of diced chilies and stir the two together. Add fresh or a 12 ounce can of diced tomatoes.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Add 3 cups of water and combine everything together.  Cover the skillet and cook for approximately 1 hour.   Now some people also add a diced onion to the party – we don’t here because Jim doesn’t care for them.  It’s a personal preference what you put in your beans.  While they are cooking, I will usually make some cracklin’ cornbread.

When the beans are done, scoop them out into a bowl and top them with some of your crumbled bacon.  Enjoy.

 
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Posted by on 02/17/2016 in Bacon

 

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Happy New Years!

It’s finally here – 2014!  Time for a new year.  Time for a clean slate.  Time to let by-gones be by-gones and start out on a fresh start.  We stayed up last night at the Hotel Thompson and watched the ball drop on the television, watched the fireworks from the front porch and popped open some bubbly.  Don’t tell anyone but mom let me have a sip.  Those bubbles tickled my snout – snorts.  And as the clock struck midnight, I saw daddy give mommy a huge kiss on the lips.  It was like something out of the 60’s movies that we like to watch.  He swooped her back, told her he loved her and gave her a huge one.  I drew the line when he wanted to do that to me.  I just let him shake my hoof.

Every where you are in the world, there are ‘special’ traditions that cultures do for New Years.  Here in Georgia, it’s a tradition that for dinner we eat black-eyed peas and turnip greens.  It’s a superstition that these items bring good luck and prosperity for the new year.  Supposedly, the peas represent copper and the greens represent dollars.  The more you eat, the more prosperity you will have.  Other places in the south substitute the turnip greens for cabbage.  Either way – I love them all 🙂

Now for 2014 Resolutions.  This is going to be *THE* year.  I just feel it in my miniature pot belly!

  • I’m determined to help mom/dad on their new way of eating.  Notice I didn’t say the “D” word.  It is a life time change.  Baby steps you know.  I made mom get on the scales this morning.  They laughed at her.  I don’t think that is a good sign.
  • I’m determined to get some fan mail from my personal idols.  Miss Piggy is tops on the list.  I need to let her know that I’m alive and here for her.  Second on the list is my good friend Maxwell.  You know him from the Geico commercials.
  • I’m determined to be more positive, write more and keep my friends in blogville laughing.
  • I’m determined to get more organized.  Yeah, this is a toughie.  I’m not shall we say a organized piggy – I’m all hooves.  But I will try in the new year.
  • I’m determined to be nicer to the purr things here at the Hotel Thompson.  Okay, we all know that Hemi rules the hotel here but I’m talking about Mouse Girl.  I promise not to start something if she doesn’t start something.  That sounds fair, right?

All my friends – I wish you all the happiness and prosperity for your New Year.  May 2014 bring you everything you wish and desire.

Bacon, Hemi, Mouse Girl, Bashful and the Rock Clan, Journalist Rocky the Squirrel, Mom and Dad

From the Hotel Thompson – much love!!

Oh, and I couldn’t get away without giving all of ya’ll a kiss from the piggy!

 

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