I wish I remembered where this came from. But it’s a great way to use the corn and peppers from today’s box. We don’t have field peas yet, but I’m betting we’ll see some soon. And this is delicious without field peas – so consider maybe dicing up a zucchini if you have one left from last week. It’s an easy recipe for a slow cooker.
Purple-hulled pink-eye peas. I could eat them morning, noon and night. This recipe is adapted from one published in Atlanta magazine. The original calls for dried red beans, but it adapts perfectly to fresh field peas of any sort. Duane Nutter is executive chef of One Flew South at the Atlanta airport.
No, that’s not a typo. This week we’ve got a salsa recipe that works with either your watermelon or your field peas. If you’re like me and want to eat your field peas just as field peas this week, then hold onto this recipe if you get to the point you want to do something different with those pretty peas.
Lisa demonstrated this recipe at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market.
The longer this salad sits, the better it tastes, so let it marinate for an hour or more before serving. It’s adapted from a recipe in Saveur magazine.
This is an adaptation of an African street food dish called Abala. In Senegal, the little packets are wrapped in banana leaves. At one time I had a banana tree in my yard, and could harvest my own banana leaves for wrappers. I used them to make a Burmese dish of steamed sweet rice – yum. But I digress. If you don’t have your own banana tree, there are plenty of banana leaves for sale at the DeKalb Farmers Market in both fresh and frozen form, and probably at any store that caters to a Caribbean or African customer base.
Or – make it simple – use corn husks as I suggest here. Those are pretty ubiquitous these days.
Just reading through the recipe will remind you that many cultures have leaf-wrapped dishes with a starch – like field peas or corn masa – surrounding a savory filling. And the relish here? If this were a recipe from Mexico, we’d be calling it pico de gallo.
This is a very traditional English recipe adapted from one in “River Cottage Veg” by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
And finally – a fabulous recipe from Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene. It ran in Bon Appetit back in February 2012. You could just do the peas and tenderloin if making the gravy seems like too much, but for a meal when you want to impress someone with fabulous Southern flavors, this would be a beautiful thing to make. It’s complicated, but so representative of the kind of cooking that’s made Hopkins an Atlanta treasure.
Adapted from a recipe published in the New York Times: September 28, 2010.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings.