Title: Black eye pea soup
Yield: 6 servings
Wash and sort peas, removing any that float or are discolored. Cover peas with cold water; bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside; tightly covered for 1 hour. Drain peas and set aside. Fry bacon in Dutch oven until crisp; remove bacon and set aside. Saute onion in bacon drippings until tender. Add enough oil to drippings to make 2 tablespoons.
Stir in flour and cook for several minutes. Add bacon, peas water, tomatoes and seasonings. Cook over low heat, about 2 1/2 hours or until peas are tender. Garnish individual bowls with a small scoop of rice floating atop soup. Makes 6 to 8 servings.