In two quart pot, add oil, and brown ham or ham hocks. Add water, peas, and season to taste. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally until peas are tender (about one hour). Serve hot over rice or corn bread.
Note: All beans, peas may be prepared in the same manner. Dry beans should be rinsed and sorted in a collander before using. Dry beans require a longer cooking time than fresh or frozen legumes. Any of your favorite sausages/seasoning meats can replace ham. Monitor liquids closely while cooking and add water as necessary to prevent scorching.