We grew up in the south and love peas with okra so I grabbed one of the packs of lady peas. I could have taken out just the 3 ears of corn needed for dinner since I freeze them individually first, but I decided to go ahead and cook the entire pack. I have a plan for the leftovers later. There was a pound of misplaced smoked sausage among the vegetables and rather than putting it in its proper place I took it out for dinner also.
Though I had not intended to have anything else with the meal, I saw a recipe for cornmeal biscuits here at The Iowa Housewife and thought this might be a good time to try them.
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow corn meal*
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup firm butter ( I used 1/2 cup shortening** as the Iowa Housewife suggested)
3/4 cup milk
In a medium bowl mix all the dry ingredients well. Cut in the butter/shortening until it resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add the milk and mix until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl. Turn out to a floured board and knead about 10 times. Roll or pat the dough 1/2 inch thick. Cut with a floured round cookie cutter. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
This was a mixed bag of nuts. I loved the flavor but hated the consistency. I used an organic corn meal and it was too coarse. While the biscuits themselves were fluffy and tender, bits of the meal were hard and crunchy. It made eating them a little unpleasant I think if this were made with corn flour rather than meal it would be delicious. I have a bag of the flour in the freezer and will try them another day.