Last night I had the pleasure of dinner by myself with a glass of wine and a book. This is *very* unusual and was most welcome. I’ve always enjoyed dining by myself. I like to go to restaurants by myself as well. Sometimes I really miss the days when I was working and I’d go hide at Houston’s  for lunch because it was highly unlikely anyone from my office would come looking for me there. No, I didn’t have any business eating lunch at an expensive restaurant like that. It probably took me the whole day’s pay to make up for my lunch. But it was divine. These days, I make no money and generally travel with an entourage of toddlers. Plus sometimes my husband works from home, and he’d totally bust me for extravagant lunches like that.
Last night while the kids watched Aladdin for the 10 billionth time, I hid in the dining room with my dinner, glass of wine, and book. Which also has totally made me make the jump from vampires to faeries. I finished Wicked Lovely  in one day mainly because I am obsessed. Granted it is also a young adult novel, but I love the escapism.
As for the blackeyed peas, you can use fresh or dried that you’ve soaked overnight after cooking them in water for about an hour. Just don’t put them in your ham stock raw. Or you can use canned, but I’d rinse them first.
Leftover shank bone from ham , with some meat still attached
large white onion, sliced
1 lb of carrots, peeled and sliced
6 stalks of celery, sliced
2 c. cooked blackeyed peas
8 small red potatoes, peeled and sliced into thin discs
40 or so ounces canned diced tomatoes
22 ounces canned whole kernel sweet corn
Place ham bone in stock pot, cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook 3 hours or so, the longer the better. Remove ham bones with a slotted spoon. Add blackeyed peas, carrots, celery, onion, cook 30 minutes. Add potatoes cook, 10 minutes, add tomatoes and corn, cook another 20 minutes. Season to taste, serve with grilled turkey and cheddar sandwiches.