It’s not a mystery that the people of the tiny island of Ikaria, off the coast of Greece in the Mediterranean, are very long-lived. The cuisine and recipes that have evolved from the beautiful ingredients available on their island are healthy, balanced and natural … and also very delicious.
Here is a great recipe from the Blue Zones region, Ikaria, for a rainy day (or any day). It’s also perfect for anyone following a Vegetarian or Mediterranean diet. Enjoy!
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 fennel bulb, finely diced
1 cup (8 ounces) canned black eyed peas ** (with dried peas, bring to a boil, boil for 1 minute, remove from heat, cover and let sit for an hour. Drain, rinse, and use.)
1 large, firm ripe tomato, finely chopped
2 tsp tomato paste, diluted in ¼ cup water
2 bay leaves
salt to taste
1 bunch dill, finely chopped.