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 :)
Posted by Gary's third pottery blog at 6:57 AM