|Crispy Catfish, Simmered Greens with Sausage and Braised Black-eye Peas|
I start with dried black-eye peas that cook up pretty quickly. I soak them and then cook them (with not salt) until they are just tender which takes about an hour. Then I add a sofrito that includes onions, pepper, celery, garlic and tomato along with fresh oregano, smoked paprika, cayenne to the just cooked beans and let them simmer.
|Soaked black-eye peas|
|Just cooked black-eye peas.|
|Sofrito: onions, red & green bell peppers, garlic and crushed tomato sauteed in olive oil|
For the greens, I use a mixture of greens that includes collard, mustard, turnip and kale. I cook these with Italian sausage that I take out of its casing along with onion, garlic, red chili flakes, apple cider vinegar and a little water. I simmer them until they're tender about 20-30 minutes. I give it a fresh squeeze of lemon juice just before serving to up brighten the flavor.
|Greens with sausage and onion|
|Make sure the oil is hot enough. Check by adding some of the breading and wait until it sizzles.|
|Carefully lay in the fish into the hot oil. Fry the fish in small batches as to not cool down the oil too much.|
|Flip when golden brown, about 4-5 minutes per side.|
|Pan-fried Catfish with Braised Black-eye Peas and Simmer Greens with Sausage|
So get inspired this weekend. Maybe it'll be a movie or TV show that will get your creative juices flowing. Perhaps you'll be watching tennis or listening to your son's violin practicing (then again maybe not) that will be your "aha" food moment. Whatever it is write up a menu and start shopping for the ingredients. It doesn't have to be fancy just an enjoyable process of creating something delicious. Let me know what you come up with. Until then, happy cooking!