The reading mentioned four main ingredients: Sesame, Black-eyed peas, Okra, and Peanuts. The dishes we cooked today includes two of these ingredients. The dishes used Okra and Black-eyed peas. In Africa slaves ate yams, but in the Americas they could not find any close substitutes. The slaves replaced the yams with the sweet potato. This Candied Yams took advantage of the abundance of sugar during this time period. The Hoppin’ John recipe used rice. Rice was a staple crop in Africa.