Sweet Potato and Black-eyed Pea Soup

Sweet Potato and Black eyed Peas. Not a combination that many would even consider. I grew up on both but never together in a soup. I believe this type of soup is common in some African cuisine. I’m not sure if my recipe does it justice but I liked it the first time I made it and this is actually my second time making it. So hopefully you will like it and you can adjust to whatever you have at home or if some ingredients are not your favorite then you can leave them out.

This is what you need:

1-2 medium sized sweet potato’s-1 medium onion

2 cloves of garlic-1 tomato(or canned 15oz can)(I used a fresh tomato

1 can of black eyed peas(you can use dried, but to save time I use canned, drained and rinsed)

A piece of ginger(I took out after it cooked)-1 bell pepper(I used yellow)

4 or 5 cups of water. Or if you have your own vegetable stock that’s fine too. I used water.

**Spices**

*Disclaimer I dont measure a lot of my seasonings so you may want to start at 1/4 to 1/2 tsp

Turmeric-Coriander-Paprika-Ground Mustard-a few sprinkles of hot pepper flakes-1 or 2 bay leaves

Garlic powder(I used fresh garlic, but I can never have enough of it.)

Everyone is ready!

What you do:

First take a big 5 or 7 quart sized, heat 1tbsp of olive oil(or whatever oil you have like) and throw in your onions after you chopped them.

I let them cooked on low heat and seasoned with salt and pepper and let them cook for about 20 minutes. In the mean time you can chop the garlic and bell pepper and throw it all in.

Next you can start peeling and dicing your sweet potato’s and your diced tomato and peel your ginger piece as well. If you want to dice up your ginger that fine too.

Now everything is ready for the pot and you can add your water or stock. Maybe a combination of both. As long as it comes up to 4-5 cups.

Bring everything to a boil and simmer to a low heat and cover your pot. Now if you are using canned peas you may want to wait till the last 10 minutes to put them. I put them in all at the same time and wished I would have waited. But it was still fine.

Let everything simmer for about 30 -45 minutes. You want your sweet potato’s to be fork tender.

The last step is totally optional but I wait till about the last 10 minutes to do this. I use 1/4 cup of peanut butter. The PB give the soup a creamy like texture and since there is not a lot of fat going on, so I didn’t think it would hurt. The is up too you.

So after 45 minutes your soup should be ready. Dont forget to take out the ginger piece and bay leaves.

I’m pretty sure this would work in a slow cooker. Just use dried peas instead.

Hope you enjoy!!!

Mahalo for reading!!!! 🙂

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2012 Election

 

 

That time has come……again. But at least we can get a break from the election ads. Dont care who you vote for. It’s your chance to help change the world. Get out an vote on November 6th. If you live in Hawaii you can do an early vote now. Which helps cause Hawaii is 6 hours behind the east coast and if you can only vote when you get off work at 4pm chances are we’ll know who are Commander-in-Chief is. Make your voice be heard and give something to the future generation to inspire to do when they turn 18.

Positive Thinking And It’s Power

Like the old saying goes: “You can do anything you put your mind too.” How powerful are our thoughts? How do they determine what we will achieve in our life? Do you find yourself lifted when you are around positive people? But then when you are around someone who is negative you just want to run away? Normally I like to be around people who are upbeat, love to laugh a lot and always have something nice to say. In return you just want to have that same effect on people. Although we do have our times when we just don’t want to be bothered. That’s ok, you are allowed to have your days, that is what makes you human. It’s always best to let your friends, significant other or co-worker know that today is not your day. With that, they will only respect you even more. I feel that the positive energy that you bring to the universe will find its way of reaping rewards to you. If you don’t de-clutter all of the dross that is floating around in your mind, it’s going to be rather difficult to be productive. For example you may hit a rut where you are trying to look for a new job. If you repeatedly have doubts and fear that you wont get the job, then it will reflect poorly during the interview.  Self confidence, a smile and a positive attitude can without a doubt land you the job that you have waited for. Another tool that we sometimes forget to use is the art of visualization. For example you want to lose weight, and you want to get back in a pair of jeans that you havent seen yourself in for almost a year. You simply just imagine what you would look like in them and of course stick with a workout plan I’m guaranteed that you will get the results that you want. Yes, it will be frustrating at times but you must be able to reverse those thoughts. That power that you have is what will keep you wanting to work out and you’ll be back in those jeans and feeling pretty good. If you ever wonder why you may have failed at something in life is because you may have given up too easy. Or you could have let someone convince you that you are not good enough to achieve a goal.  That negative energy is now taking over and you are lead to believe that you may not be good enough. I don’t know the most reliable means of channeling that energy in our minds. But I believe that we all have possess an enormous amount of faith inside ourselves. With that faith we have to believe that any goal big or small can be achieved. It takes hard work and dedication to achieve something that you want in life. Sometimes you may stumble and you fall. But you get up, you learn why you made that mistake and tell yourself that you wont let it happen again.    

Starting your day with  positive thoughts can help put you in a better spirit throughout the rest of your day. It could be anything that you choose, either positive affirmations, a scripture from the bible or a prayer.  Remember that negative thoughts can drain your energy and it can keep you from being present in your moment. The more you let a negative thought affect you the stronger those thoughts become. To keep your energy at a high level here are some tips that can help.

  1. Yoga- Yoga teaches us to focus on our strength at that present moment. Also it helps clear your mind to prepare for your day or to help settle down at the end of the day
  2. Sing- It’s ok if you can’t hold a note. If you want to blast the music really loud to your favorite tune, then go ahead. It helps to release your feelings. My favorite song that reflects positivity “Summertime” by George Gershwin. Which has been covered into every genre you can think of.
  3. Post it-Post a favorite quote that you love and keep it different places that you  usually come in contact with every day.
  4. Smile-Even if you don’t have anything to smile about, smile anyway. You never who you may run into. That smile could really brighten up their day.
  5. Do things you like-If you have a hobby that you love, do it as much as you can.
  6. Help someone- It’s not always going to be about you. Do something nice for a friend or even a stranger.

Just remember that the energy that you put out into this universe will reap rewards for you. I don’t always have the answer but I hope this helps

Copyright 2012 Crystal S. Purifoy

Rambling

Halona Blowhole-Honolulu, Hawaii

 

Wake up

Clean up, brush my teeth, style my hair and think of what today brings

Have my breakfast, deal with the rest of my day

Dont get perplex by the ones that didn’t have their coffee yet

Just keep moving

Dreaming, and daydreaming sometimes at my computer

Leave for home

Stuck in traffic

Someone just cut me off on the H1

I mollify

Come home

Relax, go for a run

Listen to classical music

Watch my soap opera and takes me away like calgon

Listen to the soft waves as I doze off to sleep

In between I say little prayer to you and you

 

Copyright 2012 Crystal S. Purifoy