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Author Notes: Thousands of years ago, we had a chance to taste some venison chili, which was memorable in itself but made even more memorable by the Black-Eyed Pea Relish that accompanied the chili. The idea was to eat a spoon of chili, then some black-eyed pea relish, then some chili, and so on, until one passed out from deliciousness. —wssmom
- 1 pound black-eyed peas, soaked 6-8 hours
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- a medium sweet onion, quartered
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed but intact
- a ham hock, or a ham bone, or even a big chunk of ham
- Drain the black-eyed peas. In a skillet, saute the onion and the garlic until it starts to smell really good and soften a bit. Add the peas, stir, and cook for a few minutes until the peas become acquainted with the onion and garlic.
- Pour the beans, onion and garlic into a large pot; add water to cover, bring to a boil, and cook about an hour until beans are tender. Fish out the onions and garlic, drain; or drain first, then fish out the onions and garlic; cool, and when ready, proceed with part 2.
- Black-eyed peas (from above)
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 4 healthy-looking green onions, white part only, chopped
- 2 lovely tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
- 1 cup diced peppers (red and yellow are nice, but green works too. Or orange. Or all four)
- Juice from two limes, maybe 1/4 cup
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 cup chiffonade basil
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cara cara orange, supremed
- some chopped cilantro
- Get a nice looking bowl and mix it all together. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Eat. Yum.