black-eyed peas

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone! 2014 is here, and I hope everyone had wonderful, safe celebrations for New Year's Eve!  I also hope everyone had a chance to cook traditional New Year's Day meals.  I just wanted to share some symbolism for the traditional foods eaten on New Year's Day, shared by a dear friend's Aunt:

" Fire-up the stove!

As the southern adage goes, “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold… Eat poor on New Year’s Day, and eat fat the rest of the year.”

• Black-Eyed Peas (In the South, eating black-eyed peas shows humility and thus invites good fortune.); • Collard Greens (Greens are considered lucky because they look like greenbacks.);, • Cornbread (A side of cornbread represents the glories of gold); • Pork (Because of its fat, is served to bring a New Year rich with happiness.); • Doughnuts: (Foods in the shape of a ring are thought to bring good luck, possibly because they symbolize coming full circle.) • Beer (helps you get lucky and eases the pain from the previous night).

Foods to avoid: Lobster should not be eaten on New Year’s Day because the lobster moves backwards, symbolizing setbacks. Also, the chicken scratches itself backwards, which is said to bring upon regret or dwelling on the past."

In my family, we always have cabbage and black-eyed peas.  I switched it up and had dino kale instead of cabbage, cuz greens are green, and money is green!  Also, this simple, "clean" dinner was a perfect way for me to start 2014.

dino kale and black-eyed peas

What are some New Year's Traditions in your culture?