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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.

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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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