Black-Eyed Peas for New Year’s


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.

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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

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  • Reply Mary

    looks delicious and healthy – perfect start to the New Year!
    mary x

    3 January, 2012 at 3:18 pm
    • Reply Elsa

      Thanks Mary. Happy New Year!

      3 January, 2012 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply beti

    I love the light in your photos, the peas siply look delicious

    5 January, 2012 at 10:03 am
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