So I e-mailed Amy back to tell her she was exactly right and ask her if she had a recipe? Did she have a recipe? She has an entire favorite site. VegWeb. And one of the recipes you will find there is Black Eyed Peas and Spinach.
Ingredients (use vegan versions):
10 oz pkg frozen spinach
1 cup dried black-eyed peas (or 2 cans)
Texas Pete (or other hot pepper sauce)
1 med onion
salt and pepper to taste
3 - 4 cloves garlic
Cook black-eyed peas and rice ahead of time. Allow frozen spinach to thaw. Saute garlic and onion until onion is translucent, add undrained spinach (the extra water will prevent the need of oil). Add the spinach to the garlic and onion, along with nutmeg (about 1/2 teaspoon, more or less to taste), salt, pepper and Texas Pete (to taste--I have never measured). Continue to cook until the water is reduced and the spinach is hot through and through. Serve over brown rice.
If something puzzles you, please e-mail. For longterm readers, we've covered things before and I may assume everyone knows what we're doing in a recipe when they don't. For instance, 1 cup dried beans or 2 cans? That's not "dry some beans." The dried beans means the dried beans bought in the package that you soak, rinse and then boil in water. If you're not using the dried beans, you use 2 cans of black eyed peas.
I love black eyed peas. Great Northern beans are a favorite as well but to get the kids to eat when they were young, I had to put a ham bone in there with some ham cubes. With black eyed peas, I never had to add anything. They'd just smell it on the stove on a cold day and dive in. I would cook 2 whole packages of dried black eyed peas and it would sit on the stove on a cold Saturday and by dinner time, it would all be gone.
If you're not a brown rice person, you can substitute white rice or wild rice. (Wild rice is my favorite for almost anything.) I like this dish and made it tonight with a pot of brown rice and a pot of white rice. It's our Friday Iraq Study Group and both pots of rice were gone but the white rice did go the quickest. (Brown rice is better for you because it's less processed.) Everyone loved the dish (congrats to Amy) including one friend who does not like spinach but she loved it in this dish.
Did you catch Barack's press conference this morning?
A snooze. As usual, if he was asked to pontificate on matters that are not of great import, he could chatter away. He crossed a huge line with his sticking his nose in the Florida church protest. We're going into that at Third. But other than that, he was Mr. Roboto (Styx). It was embarrassing and only reminded me of how he was unable to connect with so much of the working class in 2008. They didn't trust him because he didn't speak to their needs and he still can't at a time when we are in the Great Recession.
He sounded bored, he looked bored, when speaking of the economy. It was a nightmare.
I don't think it helped him any but I do think it hurt him a lot. And no one wants to hear about his dead mother. Barack, you left your mother and your stepfather to be raised by your grandparents and put into a cushy prep school -- your grandmother was a bank vice president. Stop pretending you know what poverty is like. (The food stamps was after Barack's father left his mother and before Ann Dunham married her only legal husband -- Barack's step-father.) (Barack Sr. came to the US with one wife already in Kenya. He and his mother were most likely not married. As Barack himself has admitted. They certainly weren't legally married.) It only reminds us of how pampered Barack has been when he wants to moan about years he can't even remember and claim he knows 'suffering.'
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: