Frozen purple hull peas should be a mainstay in your freezer so that when fresh are unavailable, you can have them on hand to make this delicious and easy dish. You don't have to use the ham hock if you want to cut down on time. Simmer the peas with chicken or vegetable broth and a sprig of fresh thyme instead. Add rice, cornbread, and two shots of hot sauce and you have a meal!
This has all the "Oooooo" factor you could want! The aroma from the aromatics fills the room with citrus and cinnamon. The flaming of the peel is a vision to behold--dim the lights. And the taste, of course, is wonderful.