So, I've been trying to use our Blend-tec blender more often, and I've also been cooking with cauliflower more often as well because it's a nice texture/consistency to add flavors to. My most recent concoction is a pretty hearty soup. Now typically I am of the mind set that soup is not a meal. It's more like a side dish or an appetizer, so I wanted to try to make a full meal kind of soup and here's what I came up with...
Dried Black Eyed Peas
This recipe requires a bit more preparation than other things I've made, so I recommend that you being the first step of this meal after you eat dinner one night, so that you can get things ready for the next night's meal.
Step 1 - You need to soak your black eyed peas. I soaked 1 cup of dried black eyed peas in 4 cups of water over night and into the next day. (You don't have to soak them this long, but really it's not going to hurt them, you really need roughly 8 to 10 hours of soaking.)
Step 2 - An hour before you're going to eat drain your blacked eyed peas and add 2 cups of vegetable stock and put them on low/medium heat on the stove top. Watch and stir every once and a while, making sure that the vegetable stock covers all your black eyed peas.
Step 3 - While the peas are cooking go ahead and wash and chop up a head of cauliflower and throw it in
your steamer. Do the same with about 2 cups of sliced mushrooms. STEAM!!!! This takes about 20 minutes.
Step 4 - While your veggies are steaming, and your peas are cooking go ahead and get out a frying pan. Chop up about 1/4 cup onions, a couple of cloves of garlic, and about 1 lb of ham into big chunks. Add everything to your frying pan with a tiny bit of butter or olive oil and season with cayenne, salt and pepper. Kind of push things around constantly so the ham doesn't stick and so that everything gets covered and cooked nicely.
Step 5 - Place your steamed veggies in the blender. Drain the peas and pour the chicken stock they've been cooking in, in the blender as well. BLEND!!! AFter it's blended to the consistency you like pour the mixture back in the pot with the peas. Stir in the ham, onions and garlic. BAM, you're done!
When I made this I didn't have any really good ham in the house, so we just used sandwich meat, which was okay but big chunks of ham would have been so much better.
We had a bag o' salad with our soup, just to add more greens. As another idea I think you could cook the ham with the peas if you really wanted to, rather than using a frying pan. But who knows!