A New Year’s Day MUST

Black-eyed peas have been soaked overnight, organic collard greens washed and ready, and all the other ingredients for New Year’s Day are waiting to be prepped for a hearty soup tonight.

Growing up in the Tidewater area of Virginia, my family ate black-eyed peas and collard greens on a regular basis, but I don’t remember them on New Year’s Day. Did everyone in the South except our family eat collard greens and black-eyed peas the first day of each new year?  Is this a new-ish thing or not? I am a little superstitious so I follow along.

My mother always served black-eyed peas mixed with stewed tomatoes. Collard greens was always served alongside a cruet of vinegar that we splashed atop the hot greens. I can’t remember my mother ever combining the peas and collards as I am doing tonight… although better memories of a sibling might correct me!

New Year 2018

Last year I made the traditional Southern Hoppin’ John over rice. This year we are having soup based on a tasty recipe in the New York Times…. minus the ham hock.

Wealth should be breaking down the door!  And if I feel especially lucky after I dine tonight, I’ll be standing in line for the Powerball on Wednesday that has reached over 440 million buckaroos and growing.

collard greens 2018

Happy, Healthy, and Wealthy New Year wishes for all.

PS: It’s been 10 minutes and I’ve already been corrected by a sibling with a better memory than mine. We did eat both black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year’s Day. Lucky me!

11 thoughts on “A New Year’s Day MUST

  1. Eating blackeyed peas was always a tradition, but you probably recall that stewed tomatoes and blackeyed peas was a common vegetable on our table. Found shelled peas at Ware River Produce last summer and froze them. Speaking of freezing, our feeders are filled with birds today. A flock of robins and red winged blackbirds have been feasting on our berries trees. Miss you, sweet Annie!

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  2. Looks delish. I bought a couple of tickets this week in different states and still couldn’t get lucky, but it is fun dreaming so I’ll be back in line to get another chance this week too. 🙂 Let’s make a deal – if either of us wins, we’ll buy the other one all the plants on their bucket list. 🙂

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  3. I grew up in the Hudson Valley and the bean thing did not extend that far North. We did eat Ham as a traditional New Years dinner, but collards were unknown! Whatever is on your table for the start of 2018, may we be united in our gratitude to start the year in a free country where what you eat is a matter of choice and tradition…and may we have plenty for ourselves and enough to give the hungry!

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