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Black peas

I am interested in trying to make some black peas for bonfire night, doea anyone have a foolproof recipe they can share?

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Maple Peas - Black Peas

"I am interested in trying to make some black peas for bonfire night, doea anyone have a foolproof recipe they can share?"

Not had these for years, we called them Black peas in the North, but when we lived in the Black Country they were known as "Grey Peas and Bacon".

Start today by slicing up a couple of large onions (top to bottom not across) and place in jars covered with vinegar and a tsp of sugar per onion and a shake of salt. These are to accompany the peas.

The way that I used to cook them is:-

(quantities to suit your needs)

Place the maple peas in a large bowl overnight to allow them to swell, a little bicarb will aid this process.

Next morning rinse the peas and place in a large pan with enough water to cover them by about 1 inch.

Bring to boil and allow to simmer until the peas are soft but not split from their shells, topping up the water as the peas swell further, there should be a "gravy" with the peas and they should not be dry.

In a frying pan, fry some pancetta or bacon lardons (smoked are best) and when crispy mix into the peas, add salt and pepper to taste (beware adding too much salt, there will be some in the bacon).

Heat the peas gently over a low heat until hot and serve with the pickled onions on top. Hope this helps.

Bon Appetit,
have a great bonfire night, and keep safe.

Yummy

 
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