Monday, January 5, 2015
Good fortune in the new year
Tradition says that you should eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day to ensure good luck and prosperity. Nobody knows exactly where the custom came from but people have been eating humble foods for luck for millenia -- you'll find few superstitions involving caviar or prime rib. Some people eat the peas with collard greens and cornbread, others with tomatoes, others in fancy-schmancy recipes with parmesan cheese and bruschetta, but when we eat black-eyed peas it's in Hoppin John, the favorite dish of Low Country South Carolina.
I wrote about it a couple of years ago if you want to check back and read how to make it.
Even if you missed doing this on January 1, there's still plenty of time to chow down and count your good fortune. Happy new year!