I’m not particularly superstitious, but the southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s for luck and prosperity has always intrigued me.
I know some cultures also eat lentils at the start of a new year because its coin-like shape symbolizes fortunes.
I don’t remember any New Year food traditions growing up, but I sort of like the idea of eating a particular kind of meal to start off the year.
Since we hadn’t made any plans, @adjoa and I decided we’d make black-eyed peas for New Year’s.
We got and cooked the beans the night before, our salad is based on the classic ‘Texas Caviar’ – it’s got onions, peppers, tomatoes and cilantro, with a simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing.
It’s filling and nutritious; I don’t know about luck and prosperity, but it’s just the perfect way to start off the new year.
I feel the good vibes already!
Here’s to a very happy New Year!!
Texas Caviar recipe from Simply Recipes