a bowl full of black eyed pea soup
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  1. So are you supposed to eat ONLY that many or AT LEAST that many?! That’d be so complicated.. ha! We’re making this hoppin’ john-inspired dish with chipotle and bacon and a creamy chipotle aioli on top.. yum. But this looks good for ALL year round! By the way.. do you use weathered boards under your dishes for your photos?! I love the vintage look. Gorgeous!

    Hope you both are enjoying Thailand! How could you not?!

    1. No I actually got vinyl photography backdrops from Etsy so that I can travel with them. They were reasonably priced, and they roll up into a mailing tube. It’s perfect for my life. I’ve been dying to make hoppin’ john, but I don’t ever have all the ingredients at one time! That sounds amazing with the chipotle and bacon. I hope you’re having a great NYE. We are having a blast here…heading into town to get some street food and hopefully find a market tonight. So far the food has been NOTHING but amazing! I love it here and I’m so sad we have to leave in a few days.

      1. I actually use placemats! They were at Bed Bath and Beyond and I couldn’t resist. I’m definitely trying some of those vinyl backdrops – that’s my kinda “vintage table” – rolled up in a tube! Hope the rest of your trip is fabulous!

        1. I have a few placemats that I love, but I get so indecisive when I’m picking them out. I can send you the link for the Etsy shop if you want it – just let me know!

          1. Definitely! There are so many on etsy now and yours are so much more realistic than my placemats. I’d love to use your seller!

          2. The seller is on Etsy! I did a package deal for 3 that were 2’x2′. I think I might order more when I get home too. I love them.

  2. Hi! I make black eyed pea soup often, especially around most holidays and I usually use frozen peas. However, to keep from having to simmer your peas for long periods of time to get them soft, do what we do in the south and just soak them over night. That way they will be nice, plump and soft the next day. Boiling is a snap and won’t take all day. And don’t forget to always sift through dry beans before soaking and cooking because they sometimes contain rocks or other debris….btw never used tomato paste in mine, I used heavy cream but this looks delishous!

    1. Thanks for the tips! I’ve never made anything with black eyed peas before, so it’s always nice to hear from someone who knows what they’re doing. Heavy cream would make for a heavenly soup. It’ll have to be in my next batch! Happy New Year!

  3. I love black-eyed peas but I’ve never had them in soup, and this sounds great … but I take exception to referring to a dish as Hoppin’ John if it doesn’t include rice.

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