Emilia is not great with eating “stew” like dishes. So my goal for the next few “winter” months here in Abu Dhabi is to try to change that:)

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45 min cooking time

Serves 4 people


  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 cup of canned black eyed peas
  • 1 large, firm ripe tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 small can tomato paste, diluted in ¼ cup water (220g)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1 bunch dill, finely chopped


  1. Heat half the olive oil over medium heat and cook the onion, garlic, and fennel bulb stirring occasionally, until soft (about 12 minutes).
  2. Add the tomato, tomato paste and enough water to cover  about an inch. Add the bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 min
  3. Add the beans and chopped dill and water to a desired consistency (depends if you like it more like a thick stew or soup) and season with salt and simmer for about another 5-10 min.
  4. Remove, pour in remaining raw olive oil and serve.

Bon Apetite!