New Year’s Black Eyed Pea Soup

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Happy New Year’s Eve!

I received word today that my CTV Interview is tentatively scheduled to air this Saturday Jan 2nd at 6pm EST in Ontario.

I am hoping it actually airs this time and does not set me up for disappointment again. Let’s hope for a slow news day!

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Did you know that eating Black Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day is supposed to bring good luck?

Well, I hope to get an extra dose because we’re having it for tonight’s NYE dinner and we will likely be eating it throughout the week, including tomorrow!

Given that I really want my interview to air, I’m hoping the Black Eyed Peas are going to work their magic! ;)

By the way, I’m obsessed with this 4 O’Clock Chocolate Spice tea. OMG.

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New Year’s Black Eyed Pea Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 1 heaping cup uncooked black eyed peas
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups of a big leafy green (chard, kale, etc), rinsed well OR SPINACH (I used spinach)
  • 1/2 t – 1 t Lime juice (optional)
  • Glug of white wine (optional)

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Saffron Yogurt
a pinch of saffron (30-40 threads)
1 tablespoon boiling water
two pinches of salt
1/2 cup unsweetened soy yogurt OR 2% Greek Yogurt

Note: Not to worry if you don’t have the Saffron. You can just dollop regular yogurt over top!

Directions: Cook black eyed peas according to package directions. I brought mine to a boil and then cooked on low-med heat for about 1 hour. Drain and set aside.

While the lentils are cooking, make the saffron yogurt by combining the saffron threads and boiling water in a tiny cup. Let the saffron steep for a few minutes. Now stir the saffron along with the liquid into the yogurt. Mix in the salt and set aside. Or skip this step if you do not have Saffron.

Heat the oil in a heavy soup pot over medium heat, then add the onion and salt and sauté until tender, a couple minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, black eyed peas, and water and continue cooking for a few more minutes, letting the soup come back up to a simmer. Stir in the chopped greens, and wait another minute. Adjust seasonings to taste.

[Recipe adapted from 101 Cookbooks]

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The soup was pretty good, not the best soup I have had though! The yogurt is key!!

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with crackers…

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and wine of course!

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A Decade in Review

It dawned on Eric and I that we have been together a whole decade now! Eeps! We had some fun looking through old pictures this past week, so I thought I would share a few.

2000/2001

We met in our last year of high school, shortly after I moved from NB to Ontario in September. We started dating in October.

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I was 17 and he was 18 in these pictures.  We read over some of our old love letters and they are hilarious!

The best was before we started saying ‘I love you’- we used to write, ‘I LIKE YOU SOOOOOO MUCH.’

Prom:

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2002 2003

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2004 2005

My hair went through a brown layered look. I hated it and went back to blonde.

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2006

Another hair dying mistake (I don’t learn the first time!)

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We finished our undergraduate degrees and then we moved to Toronto. I started grad school. This is when I started to ditch my disordered eating and get healthy!!! I stopped counting calories and eventually stopped weighing myself. Things began to balance out and I was much happier.

2007

7 year anniversary + got engaged in Mexico

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2008

Wedding

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Mediterranean Honeymoon

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2009

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It was a great decade and I am really excited to see what the next one brings!

What is your best memory of the past decade?

Mine is definitely Aug 31, 2008- the day we got married.

What do you hope for in the next decade?

My biggest wish is that we will bring a child (or two!) into the world during the next decade. I can’t wait to be a mother and experience that kind of love.

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Check back tomorrow morning for Whittle My Middle 2- it will be posted on the abs page once again!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!

Wishing you a year filled with opportunity, happiness, health, and good fortune!

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Angela @ A Healthy Fit December 31, 2009

I really liked all of the pictures and loved the one of you guys arm wrestling in your wedding gear. I must try some black eyed peas soon, I don’t think I’ve ever had them. I hope they bring you luck for your interview. Happy New Year!!!

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Meghan@traveleatlove December 31, 2009

Happy New Year, Angela! I just hope to continue to be happy and with the ones I love in the next decade. What more can I ask for?
Lovely photos, you just get prettier and happier looking with each year!

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rebecca lustig December 31, 2009

Your decade in review is so precious, i can’t believe how quickly time has passed.

- wishing you a very happy safe and healthy new year, lovely lady!

rebecca <3

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 31, 2009

You guys were so adorable when you were younger!! I love looking at pics from highschool. :) What a fabulous year, girl! I’m sure there is only more to come. :)

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Mama Pea December 31, 2009

You will be an AMAZING mother. I can’t wait to see what you do with your ambition :)

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Lauren December 31, 2009

Aww, yay! You would be such a fantastic Mom! :)

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Kelsey December 31, 2009

i was at a restaurant recently and had black eyed pea, sweet potato, and spinach soup that was very tasty. i want to make yours now!!!
love the decade review. it is so fun looking through pictures!

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Kristie December 31, 2009

Happy New Year to you! Fingers crossed that your video airs on Saturday!

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 31, 2009

Awwww, sweet pics of you and your hub! So cool that you have such a long history together.

I’m glad you posted this soup! I did a post on black eyed peas a few days ago, and no one had heard that they were supposed to be good luck! I think it’s a Southern thing?!

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Rachel December 31, 2009

Wow, you guys have been together for so long! And how is it possible that you look better now than as a teenager? Have you found some kind of reverse aging machine you’re keeping from the rest of us ;)?

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Leah @ L4L December 31, 2009

Very very tiny pet peeve: the end of the decade is actually 12/31/2010. A decade is 1-10, not 0-9. There was no year 0AD. But I get that you have been together for a “decade”.

/tiny rant

You guys are really cute. ;)

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Maureen January 1, 2010

I am still trying to figure this out from January 1st 2000 to December 31st 2009 does this not total 10 years? You must count the year 2000 as it is the first year of the decade

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Susan January 1, 2010

Nah, I think Leah just means the start of our current decade technically began Jan. 1 2001, thus won’t end until Dec. 31 2010. So other “proper” decades would have been 1981-1990 or 1991-2000. Although, most people just refer to any 10-year span as a “decade.”

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Maureen January 1, 2010

and I thought it started Jan 1st of 2000

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 31, 2009

Wow I didn’t even think to do a decade in review, I don’t think I even have photos that old. I guess my blog will have to settle for a year. But thanks for posting yours, it’s always interesting to look at younger versions of people!

Hope to see your interview tomorrow!

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erica December 31, 2009

i hope they air your interview!

that soup looks soooo delicious! i really have to start cooking in2010!

i loooove the decade of pics! love the prom pic ;p

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Nicole- Geek Turned Athlete December 31, 2009

Wow! You guys have had a long run!

I agree with you on the best day of the decade: our wedding day this past October would have been the greatest!

Happy New Year’s!

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Tamara December 31, 2009

Hey Angela!

I hope they air your interview. If not it will be their loss. ;)

I love black eyed peas. My Gram is in the process of making me a batch of her traditional styled beans. I will definitely try your recipe sometime soon. It looks soo good.

P.S. I gave you a shout out on my new blog. Check it out! I can’t wait to start the Whittle My Middle challenge tomorrow (yikes)!

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Hannah December 31, 2009

Angela I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s eve/day, as well as a great 2010. I am so inspired by your recipes, exercise challenges, but more importantly, your positive attitude. The way you have worked through old disorder eating habits to find a strong sense of self is inspiring and helpful for me as I work through the same issues. I’m thankful to have been able to read your blog this past year and can’t wait for more inspiration in 2010!!

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Bridget December 31, 2009

You and Eric look like such a happy couple. So in looooove :) I’m sure you will be a great mother some day, and will be a great role model to your children.

p.s. I really hope you’re interview airs! it better….or else….lol

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Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear December 31, 2009

Oh my gosh you will make the BEST Mum!!! I love these pics – gives us single gals hope for a great man. :) I am blessed to have many great memories of the decade and the year – can’t wait for what’s to come. (BlogHer 2010 anyone?) Happy New Year, I am so glad you’ve been a part of my coming into the blog world! xoxo

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Danielle (Coffee Run) December 31, 2009

Yay I hope they air the interview!
You guys are too cute :) I can see in the ’03 and ’04 pictures that your not genuinely happy. But in the more recent pictures you’re glowing

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monicaonthego.com December 31, 2009

What a cute couple. Good luck in 2010. I had my first child this year, its the BEST.

*Check out my Yummy Boomi Bar Giveaway, who doesn’t love free stuff!*

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 31, 2009

Wow, you had a great decade! I hope you have a Happy New Year! As for the black eyed peas…I love them. They are my favorite part of the New Year. The soup looks delicious and I hope the luck really kicks in!

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misti December 31, 2009

That’s so awesome you and your husband have been together that long! My husband and I met when I was 17 and he was 18 (1997) and we’ve been married nearly 8 years now. Good stuff!

Have a wonderful New Year—I’m planning on whittling my middle!

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Sana December 31, 2009

You an Eric are sooo cute together- your babies are gonna be HOTTT!

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Audrey January 1, 2010

Those pics are so fun! Thanks for sharing. My biggest wish for 2010 is to start LIVING! I really want to ditch my ED and embrace my potential. Here’s to hoping. :D

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: you do a great job with this blog, Angela, and I love reading it. You have really inspired me! Thank you!!!

I hope all your wishes for the new year come true. Best of luck!

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Stacy January 1, 2010

What a fun post! Love the pictures :) As for CTV, I live in Minnesota so I won’t be able to catch the interview – can you upload the official airing to OSG? Funny about the black-eye peas – I never knew! And I was shopping at Whole Foods today – they had containers of black-eyed peas nestled in with the greens in the produce section. I thought it was odd but now I know why! Happy New Year!

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Little Aspects January 1, 2010

Cute post! My husband and I have been together a decade as well – we met at the end of 1999 (just after I had finished high school) and started dating around the beginning of 2000 – so 10 years for us as well :-) I reckon my highlight is our wedding day in 2007 :-)

This decade I also hope to have children at some stage, travel around Europe, ride a bicycle around China, do a volunteer project in a developing country and finally move out of Sydney!

That soup looks yummy and healthy! I might add making that that to the list of things to do this decade ;-)

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Leah January 1, 2010

Love the pictures! You two are so adorable!!
Happy New Year!

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Shannon January 1, 2010

Happy New Year Angela! What a year you have had. I wish you all the best in 2010. You are a lovely person and I enjoy following along in your life so much :)

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Dana (www.eatsleepgetgfit.com) January 1, 2010

I have enjoyed reading your blog over the last year! Here is to a healthy and happy 2010! You inspire me!!

Dana

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Melinda January 1, 2010

Congrats on being together for a whole decade. My best from this past was meeting a great guy and getting married and I hope in the next decade we will also expand our family. Not sure I am ready right now, but certainly within the next 10 years.

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Deb January 1, 2010

OMG, I love your hair dark in the bottom picture, very flattering !!

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Jenny January 1, 2010

I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for your interview to air!

We are having black eyed pea soup today too! Hopefully it looks as yummy as yours ;)

Loved the decade recap of your relationship, I can tell that you guys have a great time together! And wow, everytime I see your wedding pics, I am blown away, you look gorgeous!

happy new year Angela!

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elliebelle January 1, 2010

It is so fun that you guys are high school sweethearts. I think it is such a gift to have that history with your spouse. My parents met in high school and it is such fun for my brother and sister and I to see their prom picture and hear their stories. Great pics! You guys look so cute in all of them.

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skinnyrunner January 1, 2010

loved all the pics! fun to see you from 10 years ago!

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Janet January 1, 2010

The recipe sounds delicious. I will definately be trying it. Thanks!

Loved the retrospective. It’s always so interesting to look back at our lives and see how far we’ve come.

All the best in the new year.

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Carbzilla January 1, 2010

I hope you listened to the Black Eyed Peas while making them!!! Extra good luck and fortune.

That’s (maybe) good news about your interview!!!

Love the pics! You guys are too cute.

This would be my 11th New Year’s Day with my husband except I was on vacation (I can’t even remember where – a tropical Club Med somewhere) the first one because I’d only met him the week before.

Definitely our wedding day was the best day of the last decade. I couldn’t agree more!

Here’s to a great 2010 to you both! Glo baby glo!

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Mel January 1, 2010

Hi, I also love the chocolate spice tea…makes you feel like you’re having hot chocolate without the guilt!

You asked a while back if there were any Maritimers out there…well, I’m from Northern New-Brunswick and now live in Rimouski Québec. I started my university in Moncton.

Happy New Year to all!

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty January 1, 2010

Happy New Year to you!! Thank you for all the inspiration in 2009!! :)

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Kris | iheartwellness.com January 1, 2010

Happy New Year Love!!! 2010 is going to be the bestest – I can feel it in my bones ;)

Have a great day!

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rungirlrunn January 1, 2010

I’m getting ready to have my New Year’s black eyed peas too! We’re also have collard greens and cabbage- I think they stand for wealth and health or something similar. Your soup looks great!

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