Autumn is meant to be beautiful. The changing colours, with all the reds and golds of nature making up the landscape. The change from long days to long evenings and the change from summer days (ahem!) to long cosy nights in front of the fire.

I actually don’t like Autumn very much. I’m not a fan of long nights and dark mornings. I much prefer the warm weather of summer and don’t really get very excited about falling leaves, or the colours or the cosy fires. I am a bit of an Autumn grinch.

There is one thing that I do look forward to at this time of year though. Something that only appears for a small period around now.

Black peas.

They seem to only surface around bonfire night for some reason even though I’m pretty sure neither Guy Fawkes nor the houses of parliament at the time had any fondness for it. The other thing about them is that I’ve only ever found them in the town I grew up. And maybe the odd surrounding town. They look and feel like normal peas but are dark in colour and have a very different taste. Best eaten with salt and vinegar it sounds a slightly disgusting food to anyone that’s not tried it.

I took this a few days ago to send to my friend that now lives in the south, mainly to remind her of what she was missing. I didn’t send it in the end, feeling slightly mean about it.


And, if you’re wondering, they taste amazing! If anyone knows why they’re available around this time of year then I’d love to know.

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  1. TheBoyandMe November 6, 2012 / 10:45 pm

    Oh my God! What the hell are they?! I’ll take your word for it that they’re good, as far as I’m concerned peas must be green as green can be!

    • notmyyearoff November 8, 2012 / 8:22 am

      They are very very nice. One day I will bring you some 🙂

  2. Nikki Thomas November 7, 2012 / 7:02 am

    Wow I have had black peas but that looks lovely! I love soup this time of year though and I pretty much live on it!

    • notmyyearoff November 8, 2012 / 8:22 am

      We usually just look out for them at fairgrounds but my mum made this. Was very nice. Little Z wasn’t impressed.

  3. Sarah November 7, 2012 / 7:10 am

    Ha ha, glad it’s not me who dislikes the dark and cold (although I do love the colours). I just don’t get the whole snug in front of the fire thing! I’ve never heard of black peas! Enjoy them while they last!

    • notmyyearoff November 8, 2012 / 8:23 am

      I would quite happily hibernate the autumn and winter months I think!

  4. Erica Price November 7, 2012 / 7:10 am

    Never heard of them. Looks interesting.

    • notmyyearoff November 8, 2012 / 8:23 am

      They are lovely! 🙂

  5. Jenny paulin November 7, 2012 / 7:55 am

    Black eyed peas! Yo! Lol soups are perfect for this time of year
    So you don’t share my passion for autumn huh? *tuts* I agree about the dark mornings and afternoons/evenings but I do think e leaves and trees as amazing at the moment.

    • notmyyearoff November 8, 2012 / 8:24 am

      I do love the colours but its my 3rd favourite season…;)

  6. kelloggsville November 7, 2012 / 8:51 am

    bullets surely?!

    • notmyyearoff November 8, 2012 / 8:24 am

      mmmmmm…nice tasting bullets…

    • notmyyearoff November 8, 2012 / 8:29 am

      It is! You have to find them!

  7. Jacq November 7, 2012 / 10:23 am

    You soup picture reminded me to put tonights dinner in the slow cooker. So thank you. Black peas look interesting too

  8. lauracymft November 7, 2012 / 11:30 am

    Hmm not sure about black peas but a nice pot of soup in Autumn is my favourite!

  9. Charlotte November 7, 2012 / 12:23 pm

    I had black peas for the first time when I lived in Wigan. I kept calling them black eyed peas by accident. :o) x

    • notmyyearoff November 8, 2012 / 8:28 am

      They are nice aren’t they?

  10. Thinly Spread November 7, 2012 / 5:42 pm

    Ooh, I’ve never come across black peas, I am now intrigued and will have to hunt them down!

    • notmyyearoff November 8, 2012 / 8:28 am

      Are you from up North? I’ve only ever found them locally.

  11. Tina Robson November 7, 2012 / 6:20 pm

    I’m more of a stew and dumpling person for bonfire night, your black pea soups looks yummy.

  12. @Damson_Lane November 9, 2012 / 3:20 pm

    I’ve never heard of them but I’m going to keep my eyes open for black peas now! I ust popped over to check out your lovely blog from Blog Your Own Blog Horn 😀

  13. mummymummymum November 10, 2012 / 9:39 am

    My Dad makes amazing black pea and ham soupy stuff. I love it. x

  14. Claire @ Bad Fiction November 10, 2012 / 1:11 pm

    ha love this “autumn grinch”

    • Notmyyearoff November 11, 2012 / 1:37 am

      That I am 😉 now give me my black peas!

  15. Suzanne Whitton (@3childrenandit) November 10, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    Wow, I’ve never ever heard of Black Peas ….perhaps that’s because I’m a southerner through and through! Are they bitter tasting?

  16. clairetiptop November 12, 2012 / 8:46 am

    These look delicious I must try this

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