Fun Things

Karen Simpson, horseback riding (one of her favorite things) in Ghana (one of her favorite places).

Karen loves to watch CSI and any of the many Law & Order shows, but cooking is another one of her favorites. Below is a recipe for a sweet black-eyed pea pie that she concocted based on an original recipe from George Washington Carver. “I’m a great admirer of Carver and his work to feed and uplift the poor of his time. He was one of the original ecologists and recyclers. People know Carver as the Peanut Man, but he also did considerable work with sweet potatoes and black eye peas. I once made about fifty pies from this recipe for an event at a botanical garden just so the audience could taste a bit of history. I was dog-tired afterwards, but the letters I received from the public ,especially school children, was well worth it. I hope you enjoy it!”

George Washington Carver’s Black-Eyed Pea Pie

Black-eyed peas make a wonderful pie, but in order for it to be an attractive pie, you will have to spend time rubbing off as many of the black spotted skins as possible. Skinning peas is a time-consuming processes, but if you don’t care that the filling of the pie will have a dull gray color, use the cooked peas whole). Skinning the pea can be done with dry peas; as you let them soak, start rubbing them to release the hulls. Once you rinse the peas, the hulls will float up and off with running water. You will have to do this several times. Once the peas are clean, cook them as you would other beans according to the directions on the back of the bag until soft.

Please note: You can essentially get the same kind of pie by using Navy beans, which have a higher fiber content and an attractive color. Cook the dry Navy beans according to directions on the bag until done.


  • 2 cups of cooked peas (process peas of beans in a food processor until smooth)
  • 1 stick of butter (room temperature or melted)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 14 oz of Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of Flour
  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, add beans, butter, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and flour. Mix about 2-3 minutes. Add sugar and vanilla, and mix well.

Pour the mixture into the pie shells, and bake for about one hour or until golden brown.

Makes about 2 to 3 bean pies.

An important tip: 5 minutes after removing the pies from the oven, cover them with a good plastic wrap that clings. I have found that Saran wrap is best, although I’m sure that there may be others that work just as well. This covering helps the filling of the pies to set up.

  1. Now this is an interesting recipe – I will certainly try it! I have had the pleasure of tasting other yummy things cooked by Karen. She is as good a cook as she is a writer!

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