A popular New Year's dish in the American south, this is an excellent winter treat for Kiwis.
- Saute bacon in oil in a saucepan, until crisp.
- Add the onion, celery and green pepper. Saute for 4-5 minutes. Stir in garlic.
- Add the peas, water and seasonings. Cover and simmer for about 40 minutes, until the peas are tender but not mushy.
- Drain off any extra water and serve the pea mixture over boiled rice.