Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year's Day 2018

      
The New Year begins with a steaming plate of what is commonly called Hoppin' John. Black-eyed peas, rice and greens, to which I add fresh sliced tomato and salt and pepper. The peas, reputed in the South to bring good fortune, are an old tradition of African, Caribbean, French and Carolinas origins. Often cooked with onion and bacon, black-eyed peas, also known as cow peas, symbolize coins. Greens symbolize money, corn bread symbolizes gold and tomatoes, health.

While none of us know what awaits us in any year, starting out with a hot meal of black-eyed peas (which are actually a bean high in soluble fiber and protein) and rice is both filling and a reminder that no matter how humble our food, it is sustenance for which to be grateful. I will be eating the leftovers tonight and tomorrow which is a nod to frugality and also believed to increase one's wealth in the coming year. This is the perfect meal for a cold, gray day.

I wish all of my readers a wonderful year ahead along with my thanks for your continued interest and comments.


8 comments:

Secret Agent Woman said...

I'm making Hoppin' John tonight, too!

Peace and Joy to you in the New Year!

Elephant's Child said...

Leftovers frequently taste better too. The flavours have time to meld. I have heard of Hoppin' John, but never tried it. Later in the year perhaps, when it is cooler.
I hope that this year treats you well.

Birdie said...

I have heard about eating black eyed peas on January 1 but didn’t know why. Now I know! :-)

Martha said...

I've never heard of this tradition. How interesting! Thanks for sharing; it's always fun to learn new things. Happy New Year!

jenny_o said...

That is truly a healthy meal! We've been eating Christmas Day leftovers for the past week, but tomorrow we start new and fresh :)

May 2018 be a better year for you, e. You are off to a good start.

37paddington said...

Thank you, e. I love how you explain the symbolism of black eyed peas, the humble but sustaining plate.

A Super Dilettante said...

My dear E, Happy New Year to you and your beloved pets. I have never heard of Hoppin' John dish before. But it sounds like a cosmopolitan dish with so many cross-cultural references. Furthermore, the ingredients sound very healthy and symbolic too. Happy 2018 and may god bless you.

EcoCatLady said...

That sounds yummy! I'm gonna have to give it a try... well, once I (ahem) finish all of the leftovers from my New Year's Eve cook-a-thon!