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11-03-2015, 08:38 PM
Just seen the post on fish fingers,.And was wondering if anyone has had black peas..?

My mum used to do them years ago,..think she used to steep them then boil. then put them on a gentle heat.Then when you returned home from the Cat"s, You put lashings of vinegar on..Yummy.

Think she wanted me to remain single!:D

11-03-2015, 08:41 PM
Good for wind, or not, depending on your stance :)

11-03-2015, 08:43 PM
Enjoyed their early work.

11-03-2015, 08:45 PM
I drove past a food cabin opposite Owd Betts pub last week and saw a sign for 'black peas'.
Never had them, should I stop and get some next time?

11-03-2015, 08:47 PM
"Never had them, should I stop and get some next time?"

Only if you can keep your car window open !

11-03-2015, 09:06 PM
Well worth it..

Does anyone know where they still sell them?

11-03-2015, 09:10 PM
Excellent on bonfire night, in a cup with salt, pepper and vinegar. I gave them to folks in Kent in the 1970s but most of them left them, ungrateful southerners! :D

11-03-2015, 09:13 PM
Fetched up on them (if that's not a unfortunate expression).

Stand to be corrected but a very localised speciality especially associated with the Bolton area.

Boiled with a mutton joint was how my parents (both from Bolton) used to do them, especially on Bonfire Night. Remember one such night in the 70s travelling back to Burnley from my Aunties in Lytham on the bus (watching the bonfires and fireworks all the way) and being welcomed with a hot mug of the delicacy. Heaven.

Prior to coming to Burnley my Dad was transferred with his job to Coventry and Exeter (having started in Bolton and Nelson) and everywhere he went he would trawl the market or wherever to try to find black peas at Bonfire Plot time of year. Only once back in Lancashire was he successful.

Finally, he now claims the BSE, etc., did for the way in which he did black peas as butchers were no longer allowed to sell the mutton joint bones he needed... :(

11-03-2015, 09:22 PM
Good for wind, or not, depending on your stance

Sitting in the bath, legs together. Roll it down the back of your legs and have it surface below the knees. Lean forward, deep breath, relax!

11-03-2015, 09:23 PM
Was thinking they may still sell them in Bury/Bolton area. But not heard of them for years.

11-03-2015, 09:29 PM
exactly the same way as the op but also with white pepper (never black).

used to have them around bonfire night for some reason.

11-03-2015, 09:35 PM
Pidgeon peas, loved them.

Gave flatulence an edge too. >:)

11-03-2015, 11:11 PM
Truly disgusting so-called food for poor people, and others struggling in life.

11-03-2015, 11:35 PM
Black peas is traditionally a Northern treat and not just at bonfire night. Could be had in most towns around Burnley and I well remember being able to get them in Rochdale. Mum used to make them them and as dad said, eat them up Britain needs the gas.
Living in Canada we have a bean festival in the bean capital, Zurich, a small town on the shores of lake Huron. Black peas are grown but not cooked mores the pity. The day of the cook off is particular aromatic.
On another topic and one that requires a great deal of thought. We consume huge amounts of chicken wings, not really sure if the maths add up and that the rest of the chicken is consumed or is there some hybrid chicken with multiple legs, wings and appendices out there. Thoughts please.

11-03-2015, 11:57 PM
You can buy them cooked on Bury market from the van you see when you emerge from under the subway tunnel, had some a month ago, delicious!

12-03-2015, 02:13 AM
I love black peas. The only way I can get them here in the states is from specialist suppliers of pigeon food! They're sold as 'maple peas'.

12-03-2015, 07:02 AM
Right, for all you who want to buy some in the normal dried format, I am pretty darned sure (99 per cent) that they sell them on Todmorden inside market. I saw somewhere selling them in the last week and that's the only likely place I have been (memory not that good!) They were a favourite over there as well and into the Saddleworth area where they were the preferred ammo for Band Friday because they fit down the peashooters best...

12-03-2015, 11:19 AM
I was only talking about black peas the other day. My brother took some visitors from down south to Bury Market and they had some black peas from the van, mentioned above.

When I was a kid I used to buy "pigeon peas" for use in a pea-shooter. Are pigeon peas the same as black peas?

12-03-2015, 07:08 PM
They sell them in the health shop in Colne Market Hall. I suspect that most such stalls sell them.They need to be cooked slowly after being soaked overnight. Rather than being a poor mans food some people would now consider them a delicacy.They are excellent with a quality meat pie, put on pepper and vinegar.Do be wary of the wind factor though, perhaps they could be used as a renewable energy too?

12-03-2015, 07:39 PM
I can remember standing outside my mates pigeon loft rattling a tin of pigeon peas to get the bird to come back into the loft when it arrived back from a race. He then took the rubber race ring off its leg ,dropped it into the timing clock, then off down to the pigeon club to see who'd won and have a couple of pints.

12-03-2015, 08:01 PM
Not seen, or eaten, 'em in years.
But think there was a little shop at the market end of Bank st in Rawtenstall that sold them.

13-03-2015, 12:17 PM
Make them every Bonfire night and they always go down a treat. They are very localised, traditional in some towns (Rochdale, Bury, Bolton) and not in others even when they are close neighbours.

They can be bought uncooked at various places in and around Bury Market, where there is also a year round stall selling cooked Black Peas.

06-04-2015, 01:36 PM
I got round to trying some black peas from the food cabin opposite Owd Betts this afternoon.
I went back for another cupfull and added extra salt, pepper and vinegar and it made for an enjoyable Sunday lunch at only 1.25 a portion.
I haven't been, but I'd imagine this is what the street food would be like in India or Egypt, cheap and simple, yet wholesome and delicious.
Thumbs up from me for the humble black pea, I'll certainly be getting some next time I'm passing.