Black-Eyed Pea Soup with Chorizo and Kale

was inspired to make this soup after we had a lovely appetizer at the Hungry Mother on New Years Day; black-eye peas with rice and ham hock. Our bartender proceeded to tell us a story of how the black-eyed pea resembled a coin and that this dish would bring us good luck and prosperity (hopefully) in 2011. The dish was simple but very flavorful; a little salty and spicy with the added bite of the crunchy black-eyed peas. Really it was the perfect way to start 2011 together; a delicious nosh, cocktails and good luck.  

When we got home last week we decided to carry on the beginning of the new year by opening the door and welcoming 2011 into our home; we are excited for this year and can always use a little extra prosperity, so I made this simple soup with black-eyed peas, spicy Portuguese chorizo and kale. As well I added some white beans, to give it a bit of a creamy texture and added depth, I didn't want it to be brothy. Before serving, I sprinkled with a little extra raw kale and lightly fried jalapeno cirlces. It was like being at the Hungry Mother, again, with a nice bowl of flavor and spice and hopefully, a lot of good luck!



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