You might try what I like to do. Cover with water, add a nice meaty ham hock, some bay leaves, a little fresh sage, and a whole head of garlic. Simmer all until the peas are nice and tender. Remove the garlic and squeeze the sweet garlic into the mixture and stir. Good eats!!!
No matter how many Bibles he swears on, when a dog tells you he's a vegetarian, he's lying.