Thursday, March 18, 2010

Meatless Day Challenge: Baked Potato with Black-Eyed Peas Salad


I received a text message from my nephew the other day asking me if I sent him an email about an iPhone. I replied back that I didn’t. "An iphone? I don’t even have one." Later that afternoon, I checked my email and I received a few messages asking me if I really did sent the message about receiving my new iPhone and the email affimrs that they could check it out through the website that was written on the mail stating that their iphones are cheaper and genuine compared to others. First of all, why would I buy an iphone through the web if I could go to the Apple store? Second, have you ever thought that buying a cell phone through the web would make me consider about the voltage we’re using at home? Third is everyone’s nightmare: customs, tax and bureaucracy which doesn't require any further explanations.

For some of you who sent me an email inquiring me if I really sent that email, I really appreciate that you asked first. For some of you who actually believed that the email came from me, my apologies, it never came from me. And for those you who just ignored the email, I think you understand that my hotmail account was hacked and you may have been in the same situation before. We could only perceive that nothing is really safe these days. People are going to do anything just to be one step ahead of everyone else. What ever happened to our ethics?

While the world is an uncertain place to live, I’m convinced that almost everyone loves baked potato, most especially eating them right from the oven. I’m already satisfied eating them with butter, melting on the spot with a little bit of sea salt. But I’m sure you love it with bacon and sour cream, some yogurt or melted cheese. My topping for this baked potato is somewhat different as I don’t have any cheese, yogurt or sour cream. But I love the outcome of the taste and it would have been great if there’s salt-brined capers and roasted bell peppers added for that extra kick. But it was good and I can’t complain. I still suggest a medium potato compared to a large one because potatoes are high in starch and if you eat too much, it will definitely lull you to sleep. And serving this with eggs, beans and vegetables is a good way to serve it.

Baked Potato with Black-Eyed Peas Salad

Makes 4 servings

4 medium baking potato
grapeseed oil

4 eggs
½ tsp salt
1 shallot
1/2 stalk celery
1 lemon
½ cup dill
¼ tsp red chili pepper flakes
2 cups cooked black eyed peas
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
unrefined sea salt to taste
freshly cracked black pepper.

4 tbsp unsalted butter
2 handfuls arugula

To prepare the potatoes, wash potatoes in cold water and pat dry. Prick potatoes with a knife or fork. Rub the skin with oil, then season with salt. Place the potatoes in a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 1 hour or until they are tender.

To cook the eggs, bring a pot of water to a boil and prepare an ice bath. When the water is boiling, reduce the heat to simmer and add salt. Lower the eggs with a slotted spoon and cook for 12 minutes for hard-boiled egg. When the eggs are ready, transfer them onto an ice bath. When cooled, remove from the ice and peel.

To prepare the salad, peel and emince the shallots, thinly slice the celery, zest the lemon and roughly chop the dill. Then, peel and dice the boiled egg. In a large bowl, combine the shallots, celery, lemon zest, dill, chili pepper flakes, diced boiled egg and the black-eyed peas. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice onto the bowl, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more lemon juice and oil if necessary.

To serve the baked potatoes, remove the potatoes from the oven, Cut an ”X” on top of the potato and squeeze bottom to open. Place a tablespoon of butter on each potato and allow to melt. Transfer to a plate and spoon the black eye pea salad on top and serve with arugula.


Gluten-Free; Lacto-Ovo Vegan; Dairy-Free (if butter is not used)

Do you have a favorite topping for baked potatoes? Any vegetarian and dairy-free ideas?

Here's another meatless meal for you to try:

Almost Ribollata by Jeroxie

Love and light,

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  1. Where do you get your black eyed peas? Gosh this sounds good! And I love exactly how your eggs are done...perfect!

  2. Divina,
    This salad is amazingly fresh and healthy. Love the idea of adding black-eye peas because I'm a big fan of any peas.

    BTW, I've got heaps of junk mails in my hotmail inbox saying that I won 10 million dollars. Hilarious enough!

  3. My email add was used to send similar emails to everyone on my mailing list not too long ago.
    What a lovely meatless meal this is, we are trying to do the same so this is great!

  4. This looks like a divine potato salad! Another dish I must try...and beautiful too Divina. tq :)

  5. This looks very delicious and healthy. This would be so good for my lunch. that egg. I need more than one :P Is the egg from your own chicken?

  6. oooo- those eggs look divine, Divina :) Lovely meal. I wish I could have that sitting in front of me at this very moment!

  7. Divina, I'm all into this! Truly mouthwatering recipe. As usual, those photos are stunning! Have a wonderful day!
    Cheers always,

  8. Divina, your dishes always make me wish it was dinnertime!

  9. @ Christine - Thanks you. They're good to go even without the potatoes. I have received those emails too.

    @ ChichaJo - I bought them at Landmark supermarket. The color is actually dark brown but I took the liberty in naming it black-eyed peas. :) The packaged didn't mention what kind but I believe it's the same beans as with sitaw. Others would say both belong to the cowpea family. Thanks a lot Joey.

    @ 3 hungry tummies - Thanks. Thinking about it again, I felt embarrassed that my former employer received it.

    @ zurin - Thank you. You actually make the recipes here better than I do. I'm still waiting for your Korean pancakes. :)

    @ Mary - Love the egg too. You can have more than 1. Haha, we don't have an egg farm. We used to have live chicken at the back which always end up being cooked. :)

    @ Tokyo Terrace - Thanks Rachel. I actually love the eggs more than the potatoes.

    @ My Little Space - Thanks Kristy. You can have seconds if you like.

    @ The wicked noodle - Thank you. If we're neighbors, you're always welcome to have dinner with me. :)

  10. Those damn hackers! They just love the thrill of doing this.

    Back to the potatoes, I never thought of this combination - potatoes and black eye peas. I just wish I could eat more of these beans.

  11. Hi Divine:)

    first of all, I love the new look of your blog :) your microplane zester, how perfectly you cooked that boiled egg..and how beautiful your photos are as always :) piso ka? hehe.. Wish I can teach myself to eat healthy food like what you're making everyday.. :)

  12. What a lovely salad to serve over baked potatoes! I love the addition of egg!

  13. I have got a phone online before and wow wonderful and healthy salad nom and your blog is looking awesome

  14. the pictures simply look as comforting as the food itself.

  15. What an interesting and lovely combination, really who needs meat anyway?

  16. Great looking eggs you got there! I'm not a fan of any peas though...
    I like my baked potatoes with melted cheese, bacon bits, chili beef and beans, and more grated cheese on top :D

  17. I don't mind to go meatless for as long as it looks this gooood... I love the eggs. THis salad looks so FRESH!

  18. I really don't mind this salad, looks fresh and good!

  19. Divina -- your food always looks so bright, fresh and DELICIOUS! My mouth instantly watered when I saw the eggs, cooked to perfection might I add :)

    I am sorry that someone hacked into your account, that is never a fun thing. My husband tells me to change my password every 4-5 months (I usually forget to..) but hopefully it won't happen to you again! Beautiful beautiful pictures, I really liked the picture of the lemon zest on the zester :)

  20. Outstanding salad with fabulous colors, healthy and love black-eyed peas!



  21. Great flavors! This dill looks beautiful.

  22. this looks so good,healthy,refreshing !it is for my taste!have a nice day,divine!

  23. @ Olive - thank you. hehe. Yes, I do Olive. :)

    @ Five Star Foodie - thanks a lot.

    @ Chow and Chatter - Thanks Rebecca

    @ lululu - thank you!!

    @ citronetvanille - I could live eating this dish for a few days. :)

    @ Mom-Friday - Yes, everyone prefers the toppings you like including myself. The black-eyed peas are good. Try some with coconut milk. You may like it. :)

    @ Skip to Malou - Thank you. The eggs are the superstar more than the potatoes. :)

    @ mycookinghut - thank you!!

    @ Joy - Awww, thanks a lot Joy. I need to remember to change the password too.

    @ Gera - thank you so much..

    @ Alison - thank you. Have a great day too.

  24. Beautiful Salad Divina, I never had black eye peas, I should give it a try, looks delicious.

  25. A recipe like this makes me think there's no need to go back to Meat days. :) Love the use of eggs - it's really inspiring me to make something with mine.

  26. Love your meatless days! You do a really good job including protein in your meal, something many non-vegetarians often forget to do when they try to make a vegetarian meal. And most important, the food looks amazing.

  27. that salad looks amazing! i love the black-eyed peas idea. sorry to hear about your hacking experience.

  28. Hi Divina! I got the same message but I just ignored it. It is awful to be hacked! Anyway - never mind about that - let's talk about the delicious baked potato and salad - YUMMY!

  29. This looks amazing - I'm a huge fan of potaoes, and this is definitely something I'd happily eat. I enjoy eating vegetarian food from time to time, as it forces me to get creative. :)

  30. hi divina your photos are superb it is always nice to come and see you !! Pierre

  31. This baked potato is packed with such goodness! I also like mine with butter, sour cream and chives. Your photos are gorgeous

  32. After all the meat I've been eating the past few months I'm ready for some lighter fare. This looks like a great balance between something light and cleansing, and something that will fill me up.

  33. Love baked potato, especially with butter and a little salt and pepper and instead of sour cream plain fat free yogurt! This potato looks like a great alternative to that, though i have to agree with the idea of capers mmmm :)

    I'm also sorry to hear about your hotmail account getting hacked. I remember hearing about those accounts being easily taken over a few years ago, so I've never had one that was for anything important. Good thing you have a gmail account that you could go to so there wasn't too much pain in switching!

  34. This looks so beautiful, Divina. I love how you get so much light into your pictures. I wish there was sunshine here :( Love the new blog layout and banner too :)

  35. Sorry to hear your hotmail account got hacked. that's horrible. Given that I love meat, but once a week I could possible go without them. As long as I could eat eggs, or tofu I should be ok:) Thanks for sharing your beautiful recipe

  36. Jacket potato is usually too rich with cheese and meat, but your twist looks very healthy to eat lots of vegs on a plate. Great!!

  37. Oh man, sorry to hear about your hacked account. In better news, I really like this blog redesign. Very airy.
    We all love baked potatoes I know but it's safe to say I've never had one with beans on it! I must give this a shot! Much healthier than bacon :)

  38. Hi Divina,
    Your potato dish looks fabulous. I have taken some of your suggestions to heart (many of the ones you emailed me a few months back). I am now off BP meds. Woo Hoo!

    Another idea for a potato: top with hummus and wilted spinach and low salt seasoning (if your hummus is mild). Delicious.

  39. Thanks for all your comments. :)

    @ Kim - I'm so glad to hear that. You're free from meds now. Thanks for your idea. That's a great combination to try.


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