In Bermuda and other islands in the Caribbean, rice and peas or peas and rice is the staple just like sadza is to Zimbabweans. Each island cooks it differently and they all say theirs is the best. I have discovered that just like Zimbabweans find their identity in their staple food so do people of other countries.
Initially I thought I was hearing wrong because even though it is called rice and peas, there usually are no peas but beans. Sometimes you find black eyed peas but rarely. Totally makes sense though, to add beans to your rice. They are nutritious and inexpensive. You can eat this rice as is.