I had the pleasure of meeting The Kitchen Diva last year when I interviewed for my youtube channel (see video here) so much I couldn't resist trying something from her cookbook first.
I decided to make Black-Eyed Pea Cakes. I had never heard of them before, but the description made them seem tantalizing. Her book states that this dish "harkens back to Africa. Black-eyed peas are a West African crop made popular in America by George Washington Carver."
First, I needed 2 cups of thawed frozen black-eyed peas
|CHOPPED 2 green onions and 2 garlic cloves|
|1 red pepper|
That works for me! Next, I mixed in the breadcrumbs, flour, egg, salt, pepper, and cumin seeds (the recipe listed ground cumin, but I love the full flavor that you get from the seeds).
|Ingredients "mashed" together|
|Flour and breadcrumbs|
|ALL ingredients combined (including one egg)|
Black-eyed Pea Cakes: 4 out 5.
They were a lot better than I thought they would be, but I make some adjustments to the amount of flour I add next time so that I can make the patties easier. I am also going to make smaller balls as these were extremely filling and will work better as a main dish than a side dish.
They are PERFECT for my yearly meatless-month!! I'm always looking for more vegetarian dishes to add to my list and these will be moved to the top. The ingredients were easy to find (which is important to me).