Sunday, 23 September 2018

Cajun Black Eyed Peas with Summer Vegetables

I  made this a couple of weeks ago on the weekend as we had no plans to go anywhere and it was pouring outside, very much like today.

I had soaked some black eyed peas the night before and boiled them the following day to use for some dishes, including this one - Cajun Black Eyed Peas with the last of the summer vegetables from my garden plot.  
D liked this dish a lot, mostly because it has sweetcorn in it. He likes sweetcorn. I haven't grown sweetcorn as in the past its not done well. However, I did see a number of gardeners who participate in Harvest Monday do very well with sweetcorn this year, but saying that I haven't seen fresh sweetcorn on the cob being sold at markets - so I guess it depends where you are.  I think we have had an interesting summer this year.  So I may give sweetcorn a go next year. The sweetcorn in this dish came frozen. 
The recipe is adapted from the American Soul Food Chef Charita Jones, also known as Momma Cherri.  I have written about Momma Cherri before on my blog - see here when I made her awesome Sweet Potato Pies and Southern Style Okra Gumbo.
I am sharing this dish with The VegHog who is hosting #EatYourGreens this month and this dish has homegrown courgettes; and Beth's Weekend Cooking.  

Cajun Black Eyed Peas with Summer Vegetables
Serves 4 - 6
Ingredients
4 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
1 large onion, finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning 
If you don't have any Cajun seasoning, you can make your own find the recipe here*.  
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes or to taste
400g can of chopped tomatoes
1/2 each of red, yellow and orange pepper, diced
1 courgette, diced
400g black eyed peas, either from a tin or done from scratch
Salt to taste
200g can of sweetcorn or from frozen and defrosted
Method
Heat the oil in a wide pan, then add in the onions and cook slowly until translucent, then stir in the garlic and cook for a few minutes.
Add in the Cajun seasoning and chili flakes, cook for a couple of minutes to coat the onions.
Then stir in the tomatoes.
Simmer for 15 minutes or until the tomatoes have begun to fall apart.
Stir in the black eyed peas, peppers and courgette and cook on medium heat for 15 - 20 minutes.
Add salt to taste.
Stir in the sweetcorn and cook for a few more minutes before serving.
Recipe adapted from Momma Cherri's Soul in a Bowl Cookbook. 

16 comments:

  1. We eat beans/legumes at least once a week, so I'm always looking for new combinations of flavors. My husband would love these with their Cajun seasoning. Yummmmm.

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    1. Thanks Beth. We eat beans/legumes at least once a week too, but I've never really thought about how often - until you mentioned it. Yes, the Cajun seasoning enhances the dish

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  2. That looks scrummy, perhaps I can use my dried beans for that!
    If you do grow sweetcorn next year, and you should, grow Lark - it's so delicious!

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    1. Thank you Belinda. I will try to remember the sweetcorn suggestion for next year. As for dried beans, yes why not :)

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  3. I love cajun flavours, and anything that I can cook in a single pot. I could definitely go for a big steaming bowl of this on a cold day.

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  4. sounds lovely - I love sweetcorn too

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  5. I am a sucker for sweetcorn too, your dish looks lovely I love Black eyed peas too, especially with Silverbeet.

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    1. Thank you so much Sharon, so good to make your acquaintance and look forward to reading your new blog.

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  6. This looks like a yummy dish and a perfect comfort food meal!

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  7. I like sweetcorn in all forms (although have never grown the full size variety, only baby corn a few times in Australia) and like the look of this dish too. A way to hold on to summer a bit longer!

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    1. Thanks Kari, today was quite summery. I have the week of from work, not gone anywhere on holiday - just housey things and gardening, well mostly weeding. I enjoyed it though.

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  8. Thank you so much for your lovely recipe Shaheen! The round up is now online. Have a great Sunday!

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    1. Thanks VegHog. You have a good Sunday too.

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