Happy New Year, everyone!
Being from the South, I’ve learned that it is a tradition to eat some variation of a cut of pork, greens, and, of course, black eyed peas on January One. Each element of the meal is believed to have a positive effect on your year to come.
- The pork, pigs known for being fat, represents plenty.
- The collard greens (green = money) represent wealth.
- Black eyed peas or Hoppin’ Johns are for good luck and prosperity.
Most often it is the black eyed peas that gets full representation for eating as a New Year’s tradition.
I eat the peas every single year.
It honestly becomes an afterthought and I end up forgetting that I ‘should‘ grab a can or two while I’m out to at least bring me some good luck. Usually I remember on January 5th. Better late than never, eh?
This year I have it all together (I’m lying through my teeth, again..with two babies to care for around the clock I am hardly put together.)
I’ve turned a typical side dish into a light main entree to bring you luck in this New Year upon us. I feel as if I should provide a disclosure that I am in no way responsible for your luck in 2013.. but eating a little bit of this tradition couldn’t hurt, I suppose?
Plus, it is healthfully delicious. Not a bad way to start this year off if you ask me.
What do you eat on New Year’s?