Thursday, December 27, 2012

Black Eyed Peas - a recipe from international celebrity photographer Alan Messer that will make you a STAR!

Photographs copyright Alan Messer © 2012. All Rights Reserved.
"Black Eyed Peas are a Southern tradition and I, a resident of Tennessee from South East England, have adopted the symbolic New Year's Day ritual. However, my recipe is totally vegetarian and tastes incredible." Alan Messer, Nashville TN

Wash the black eyed peas well and allow to soak in filtered water for 8-10 hours. I add a pinch of salt and few drips of olive oil and a pinch or two of ground red and green Chimayó chile pepper, although some say that salt will slow the cooking process. Since this is the one of the last things to do in the old year and a new year is opening, I consider that there is no rush. To speed matters, I do heat the soak water to boiling point and simmer for a couple of minutes, then walk away, open a bottle of wine. .. . Keep a watch on the soak water and maintain the level as the water evaporates. Next is the cooking; I prefer to stir in some chopped onion and garlic and add some more ground red and green Chimayó and some sea salt. Cooking requires patience and love. Cook because you want to, not because you have to; your happiness will be apparent. I don't actually use a recipe; don't own any recipe books, which are like map reading in my kitchen. My intuition allows me to balance the ingredients. When the Black Eyed Peas are almost cooked, stir in more chopped garlic and onion.

Alan Messer is an incredible photographer who has captured some of the world's most celebrated souls for books, album covers, and their personal collections. Johnny Cash, the Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Mick Jagger, Diana Ross, Elton John, Rudolph Nureyev, and Kris Kristofferson to name but a few are among his subjects and friends. I am honored to have been captured by the Messer camera and will always treasure his artistry. Alan just knows how to capture your soul on film.

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