* * *I wasn't a fan of the can of blackeyed peas I opened up last night, either. They were....dry. Something had gone wrong. When I discovered this, I was a half-dozen green onions, half a bell pepper, half of a leftover cooked pork roast and a can of diced tomatoes into cooking a dish of Hoppin' John. This made it a little vexing, and I may have uttered a few words one really should not say.
At Roseholme Cottage, we keep canned beans on the shelf as part of the rotating stock of staples and while I would have preferred blackeyed peas (possibly my favorite bean), black beans made a fine dish, served over rice with some hot sauce, just thing for a rainy, chilly evening. The dish is flexible, though Wikipedia tells me that using black beans makes it "Hoppin Juan!" Good by whatever name; like oxtail stew or colcannon, this is another of those combinations that shows up all over, under different names, and everyone claims it for their own. They're all probably right.