Sunday, January 4, 2009

pottery in action: hoppin John




(hoppin John and plate made by Gary Rith, Penny and Buster, and the hands of my sous chef)
My wife is from Kansas City, which, depending on whom you ask, is southern, or western or midwestern, or I suppose even northern or eastern. Missouri seems very southern to me, at times, because many of the friendly residents have southern accents. The wife's family ancestors measured the fitness of a potential new wife by what she could do to a live chicken, and how well she could fry it.
On New Year's it is apparently a southern tradition to have ham and black eye peas, for good luck all year. We didn't get around to it right on the first. Plus we're vegan. So, when Kim came over yesterday the missus did some chopping and I did some cooking (with soy sausages filling in for ham) and we made wicked spicy Hoppin John. Consisted of 2 celery sticks, onion, sausage, green pepper, a large and wicked hot pepper all sauteed for several minutes. Then 2 cans of black eye peas dumped on and simmered several minutes, then dumped onto rice. It was a sinus clearing experience, and we shall no doubt have a very lucky year :)

11 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

Absolutely! And along with that you need some greens of some kind. Preferably collards, because the black-eyed peas are luck and the greens are money for the coming year!
We live in NC but when I was a kid and would visit here people would ask where I was from.
Virginia I would say- "Oh," they would say, "way up north."
LOL

Baseball Mom said...

We had our black-eyed peas & spinach. Though I couldn't get it passed the lips of the others in this household. LOL. But hopefully I ate enough to cover the whold household.

slade said...

May you have a very lucky year indeed.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

thanks!!!! I dumped in a load of cilantro greens, hope that counts for something.......

Kim said...

Its yummy.

celeste said...

Cilantro, yuck. I had ham and green peas last night, does that count?

kate et jim said...

Jim said he'd be right over. He likes spicy. (and Celeste - keep your hands to yourself! lol).

Farmer*swife said...

Mmmmm! Purple onion, cilantro, and that pepper looks awesome! Yummy!!!

Ice Pony Goddess said...

Yummy!!! The cute beagle looks so little next to your beautiful black lab.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Hoppin' John has never appealed to me--but your photo makes it sound quite yummy.

kcinnova said...

Hey, nice plates! ;)

I can't get that spicy, but it does look delish. We had black-eyed peas and coleslaw at a friend's house. They said it was important to have cabbage but no one knew why-- maybe it is really a green thing? Anyhoo, I had a yummy serving of the b.e.p. and coleslaw on the side, so I hope I'm covered!