Tuesday, December 29, 2009

You gotta ask yourself, ARE YOU FEELIN' LUCKY?

Here in the South it's just not the New Year without eating Black Eyed Peas, usually with some collard greens and some cornbread. Rumor is when Sherman burned down Georgia, the surviving edible crop was Black Eyed Peas which helped the Confederates survive! In addition, since they swell when they cook, they symbolize prosperity. Momma used to put a penny in the pot for good luck when they finished cooking; however, to protect us chicks, she took the penny out before we ate them and choked! We also always have greens with them for health and wealth and the cornbread is said to symbolize gold! We just think it's yummy, especially with some hot pepper sauce! What are your family's New Year's traditions?


The Pink Chick said...

We definitely have to eat black-eyed peas and greens on New Years! My Nanny always told us that the black-eyed peas represented pennies and the greens represented dollars.

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Our tradition sounds much like yours...we'll mix the peas with rice for Hoppin John and also have collard greens, macaroni pie, pork roast and our cornbread in the form of dressing with gravy. YUM!

Debbie said...

I am so bad about not having any New Year's traditions. They will probably come take my "southern" card away right now!