My beach plans with friends got cancelled today because of a rainy Independence Day. I am certainly not complaining though when I see what the people are battling down in the Carolinas with Hurricane Arthur. I can deal with a little rain. My Independence Day at home is allowing me the opportunity to cook some delicious foods for the blog and catch up with some paperwork. After the last few days walking around Manhattan for hours in the hot sun completing errands, I am more than happy to have a relaxing day at home.
Today, I am presenting this simple soup I made a few weeks ago. Even in summer, when it is rainy outside as it is today, a bowl of soup can hit the spot - even on Independence Day - so what if it's not colored red, white and blue :)
This is from a cookbook I have used many times and the recipe was for Black Eye Pea Stew & Spicy Pumpkin - it was two separate dishes to eat together. However, the recipe wasn't specific on how much water to cook the beans in, so when I was finished I had soup instead of stew. I didn't want to remove any of the water because then I would be removing the flavor that was already imparted into it, so I simply had soup instead of stew. I didn't mind as this soup was thoroughly enjoyed.
This recipe isn't particular to any country in Africa, but more a general recipe using ingredients common in African cuisine. Black eyed peas are one of the most common legumes used throughout the continent and this soup is a perfect way to utilize it.
African Black Eyed Pea Soup
- 1 1/4 cups black eye peas
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 sprig of thyme
- 1 bouillon cube
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
- a few drops of hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon palm oil (aka dende oil)
Add carrots, hot sauce, salt and dende oil. Cook until carrots are cooked, about 10 minutes.
This post is for the CC Challenge of the month
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