Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Soup

Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Soup

It must have been somewhere between sleep and consciousness when I decided I was going to be eating soups for the first month of this New Year.

Christmas was just over and we were languidly ensconced in that passing space of nothingness between Christmas and New Year’s while we waited for that imminent change.

I texted my sister asking her if we could make black-eyed peas soup for New Year’s – that’ll start off my month of soups perfectly, I thought.

Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Soup

We’ve in recent years adopted the custom of eating black-eyed peas for New Year’s, it seemed fitting to make soup this year given the dark rainy days we’ve had.

So on New Year’s Eve my sister brought beans and kale and a bounty of vegetables from the market, we chopped and sliced and diced, and sautéed them gently.

That night, before we went on to welcome the New Year, we put our soup fixings in the slow cooker, which is really just the rice cooker with a slow-cooking function, and set it to cook.

The next morning we had a lavish breakfast; another borrowed tradition of eating well at the start of the year to ensure ‘good eating’ the rest of the year.
We drank milky coffee with thick slices of pandoro and wholesome fruits.

Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Soup
Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Soup Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Soup

We set the soup to warm after breakfast, got our coats on and went for a long walk, we came back ready for the soup.

We set out the soup with baguette and tortilla chips, and lemon and nuts for toppings; we gathered around the table and had a small soup party, and drank wine and mimosas.

This soup is hearty and filling, with rich nourishing and comforting flavours; I can’t think of a more wonderful and satisfying meal to start the New Year with.

Black-Eyed Peas and Kale Soup

We had plenty of leftovers, which I ate for the rest of the week.

I’m looking forward to more incredible soups this month, I’m making a black beans and chard in a tomatoey broth this weekend, and I found a wonderful lentil and potato recipe I plan on making soon – I think I’m going to like that one a lot.



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  • Glamorous Glutton

    You’ve made me want to eat soup for a month too! This recipe looks so delicious. GG

  • Glamorous Glutton

    This looks really delicious and very hearty a great choice. Perhaps I should invest in a slow cooker rather than bunging my soups together just before supper! GG

    • Thanks GG 🙂 Yes, the slow cooker is definitely worth the investment. Pile everything in, go about your business and a few hours later you have soup… awesome!
      Mine is actually a rice cooker that doubles as a slow cooker. 🙂

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    OMG I just discovered your blog and LOVE it! This is so like my blog in terms of bringing together rich flavors of our heritage. Beautiful. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes

    • Thank you Jocelyn! 🙂

  • kitchenbutterfly

    You, P. Awesome photos. Awesome soup!!

    • Thanks Oz 🙂

  • MariaG

    I discovered your blog 3 hours ago and I have just made (a quicker version of) this soup. It is simply delicious, all the flavours go perfectly together, a true culinary delicacy. Thanks, and all the best for this great blog which is now on my favourites! Maria G.

    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you loved the soup, it’s one of my favourites. 🙂

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