There are so many ways to make the same dish. The multiple threads of pork, sauerkraut, beans, rice, etc got me to thinking about cooking without a recipe.
When I first started making Hoppin' John, I did simple: black eyed peas, onions, ham hock. Salt & pepper. Then I thought, there are things that will really make this better. So I added chopped celery, and bell pepper, and about a pound of ham, and some garlic, and some rice, and some chopped greens, and some cajun seasoning, and hell why not a bay leaf... nothing wrong with Hoppin' John, but damn. Things can get mighty good mighty fast.
Anyone every just start throwing things in a pot to see what happens next?