Black Eyed Peas for Good Luck & Fortune in the New Year
There is a Southern tradition that suggests eating black eyed peas on New Years Day will bring you good luck and fortune throughout the coming year. I am not sure if this custom works or not, but I can vouch for the fact that not eating black eyed peas doesn't do you any good whatsoever, so what do we have to lose?
Jet lagged and feeling quite lethargic about being back in the real world after a most amazing Christmas spent in sunnier climes, I can't be bothered to go out food shopping today. But when I went to visit the Homesick Texan to see what she had to say about Black Eyed Peas, I found she had a recipe that seems almost tailor made for me. I have just about everything to make a Big Pot of Black-eyed Peas without leaving the house. And except salt and pepper, all of it locally produced to boot.
CHECK: 1 pound dried black-eyed peas - from Short Night Farm
CHECK: 1/2 pound bacon - Fatted Calf Bacon, always extra in the freezer.
CHECK: 1/4 cup bacon drippings - at long last a valid use for my bacon fat collection
CHECK: 1 large onion - found! at the bottom of the fridge, probably Chue's Farm
CHECK: 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes - well, that's what I did this for, right?
CHECK: 4 garlic cloves - ditto onion
XXXXX: 3 jalapenos (pickled or fresh) - err? can I used a dried chili instead please?
CHECK: 2 teaspoons chili powder - Someone special grew and ground me some.
So I am going to start off my New Year, today, by standing over a bubbling pot of beans and bacon and I am really excited because later I am going to be meeting up for a drink with my soda heroine. And as for the resolutions? Pah! They are just going to have to wait a few more days...
Happy New Year - I wish all my readers some Black Eyed Peas, today, and an auspicious start to 2008! Go, make it happen.