The Eyes of Texas

standard September 16, 2012 Leave a response

This week included another fun CSA delivery. Peppers, squash, mushrooms, butter lettuce, and fresh purple hull peas.

Black-eyed peas are a Texas staple. So are their less known (at least to me!) relative, purple hull peas. A great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, black-eyed peas have recently become a staple in my diet. So I was super excited to get a whole pound of fresh peas this week, instead of having to buy and soak the dried ones.

What to do with a pound of fresh peas, sweet peppers, and cherry tomatoes? That was a no-brainer.

Texas Caviar

Serves 4-6.

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  • 2 c purple hull peas
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2-3 small sweet peppers
  • 1/4 c cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • mashed avocado, shredded lettuce, and chips for serving


  1. Place peas in a large saucepan and cover with water (2 inches above peas). Simmer over medium-low heat for 1 hour, scooping off the foam that collects at the surface. I usually cook dried legumes with a small piece of kombu to absorb the gas and foamy scum layer that forms, but these fresh peas still produced a good amount to scoop off.
  2. Meanwhile, quarter the cherry tomatoes. Finely dice the onion, jalapeno, peppers, and cilantro. Mix together in a serving bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lime juice,olive oil, agave, cider vinegar, and  cumin. Add to veggie mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Once peas are done cooking, drain and rinse with cool water. Add to veggie mixture and toss well to combine all flavors. Add salt or more cumin, depending on taste.
  5. Serve immediately or store in fridge to allow flavors to meld together.

This makes a great appetizer, party food, or meal accompaniment. I piled some onto a plate of tortilla chips and lettuce and topped with mashed avocado. Served with squash and onion fajitas, it can become a fresh and filling dinner.

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