If you like black-eyed peas, you will probably love purple hull peas! A southern grown delight, they are actually classified as a bean, are high in protein and fiber, and are raised here in Texas.
I found fresh frozen purple hull grown from Sides Pea Farm in Canton, Texas at Central Market.
A spoonful of sugar, onion, and a bit of bacon creates a masterful side dish or even a main since it does have a strong protein content. As much as I love black-eye peas, I would have to say that purple hulls are much tastier and prettier.
By using fresh frozen, the cooking time is only 45 minutes – and most of that is at a simmer.
I add cooked bacon after the boil. If using a small piece of salt pork, you’ll need to add with all other ingredients before the boil.
Combine all ingredients in a medium cooking pot. Bring to a rapid oil, Turn on low and cook for 40 minutes.Note - If using cooked bacon, I add after the boil. If using salt pork or uncooked bacon, add with other ingredients before boil.
I like to cook a full package of bacon and freeze in between layers of parchment to easily pull out for recipes.You can also use about 1/4 of a salt pork piece in place of bacon.
A few months ago, I took out on a hike with some friends to Lost Maples State park. My friend Susan provided the lunch, which consisted of egg salad sandwiches crafted from her neighbor’s fresh laid eggs. I had forgotten how much I loved egg salad!
Last week, my friend Katelyn invited me into her backyard to meet her chickens and she graciously shared a dozen of her fresh laid eggs. It was pure inspiration for this egg salad recipe.
This is Farm-to-Table month, and egg salad from fresh laid eggs couldn’t be more apropos. Simple, with only a few ingredients this salad can be served on a sandwich or on top of greens. A topping of sliced avocado adds a touch of perfection. You will love having this in your fridge for a fast lunch.
Strawberries – just the very mention of this delectable, soft, red berry conjures up sweet thoughts.
Good News: April is the peak season for this Texas delight.
Poteet is the strawberry capital of Texas, and with over 20 growers in the area, you have the option to pick your own or snag a flat directly from the farmer. In True “Farm to Table” fashion, the sweetness of strawberries grown locally is incomparable.
I have picked strawberries at a farm and it is literally like an Easter Egg hunt for adults! Children love it as well. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.”
This recipe for Fresh Strawberry Ricotta Dessert is a simple treat. Using a prepared angel food cake cuts out precious time. So, all you are left to do is slice the berries, whip the cream with sugar, vanilla, and ricotta, and layer in a pretty glass bowl. The bowl matters less if you are plating.