I don't know what possessed me to pick up fresh peanuts at the Filipino store. Childhood memories? Perhaps. Ease of cooking? Definitely. But I had no idea the conversations they would start.
One mom stopped by the table, saw the boiled peanuts and told a story about how they looked forward to buying these at the train stations when they were traveling through India during a monsoon. Another family stopped by, picked up a few handfuls, and waxed nostalgic about eating boiled peanuts during their travels, too.
What a difference from when I brought boiled peanuts to school in my lunch once in elementary school. I was probably in 5th or 6th grade. A classmate grabbed a few, opened one up, and popped it in her mouth. Then she proceeded to spit it out and demanded, "Did you suck on these?!" I guess she was expecting a roasted peanut.
These are so easy...and the Filipino ladies with whom we were hosting the table stood there and munched on them throughout the event. Success.
Rinse the peanuts and place them in a large pot. Cover them with water, and about 2" more of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Drain. Serve at room temperature.