"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Blackeyed Peas and Hoppin' John

Re-posted from 2009
One of the few things left in my vegetable garden are black eyed peas. Notice the deer also enjoy them and have snapped the pea vines off. I posted this recipe around the new year and it is called Hoppin' John. I can't remember why it is called that; guess John was so happy the deer didn't eat all of his peas that he hopped around and did a jig. This recipe is a variation and could be eaten as a meal instead of a side dish. Very southern!
Hoppin' John
Boil Lundberg's brown rice. This brown rice is to die for. It is the brown rice that P.F. Chang's uses. Next add a ham hock or some bacon (no I don't eat mammals) to a saucepan with the peas and boil until peas are tender. In yet another pan, (I'm sorry but this dish is worth it) fry okra breaded in cornmeal and flour then drain on a paper towel. Now, cut a tomato into a small dice. Also a few green scallions, or as many as you like. Experiment. Don't forget to salt and pepper according to taste. Assemble dish - rice, peas on top with a spoonful of juice and some pork, tomatoes next then scallions topped with the fried okra. Splash with Louisiana hot sauce. Enjoy!


  1. Hhmm sounds delicious, but would have to leave off the Louisiana hot sauce, it gives me heartburn.

  2. That photo just makes me hoppin' mad that I'm not there for dinner! Why wasn't I invited?
    Your little chickens are adorable!

  3. okay girl... I was serioius... I'm down for this one tonight!

  4. ps... I still have okra frozen from last summer's harvest... I'll be cookin' that tonight!


  5. Hello, donna baker.

    Happy New year.

    From Japan, ruma❃


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