In West Africa, black eyed peas are considered a good luck charm and are consumed to ward off evil so this black eyed peas soup will surely keep you in good stead. The legume was prepared to commemorate special occasions but only became synonymous with old years during slavery. Most likely because slaves had to prepare a special meal for the slave masters in celebration of the new calendar year.
Here in Trinidad & Tobago, preparing black eyed peas for Old Years to bring prosperity in the new year is a tradition that is alive and well. A few people have told me in the past they don’t like black eyed peas. My response to that is I’ve never met a pea or bean that I didn’t like and my suspicion is that anyone who has a dislike for black eyed peas has never had one prepared properly.
The great thing about this soup recipe is that you can easily use the same herbs, spices and aromatics to make your black eyed peas rice cook up.