This is quite a lot: feeds about 6 – 8 so scale it down
2 cups white rice
3/4 – 1 cup black eye peas, raw
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp thyme
4.5 cups water
1 tbsp butter
1 medium onion, chopped fine
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Put the peas, soy, water, butter, thyme, salt, pepper, onion, in a pot and bring it to a boil. Cook peas until they are tender enough to eat, approx 15-25 mins, but still firm (this is the trickiest part and you may not get it right immediately).
Add the rice and cook until the water disappears. After you turn off the heat, let it sit for 10 min.