Yesterday I stopped by the grocery store and was in the check out line when I spied the groceries the women behind me put on the belt. Two bottles of sparking cider, a bag of collards, chicken stock, black eyed peas, and cornbread mix. I turned to her and told her: “I like your dinner menu. I want to come to your house to eat.” We exchanged a quick laugh and kept it moving.
Later that same night, someone on Twitter asked if anyone was cooking black-eyed peas for their New Year’s dinner. *blink …. blink*
Apparently this is some kind of New Year’s tradition in the South and yesterday was my first time hearing about this.
I only ate them once and it definitely wasn’t New Year’s the day I consumed them and deemed them inedible.
*side eyes my momma* for making me missing out on years of fortune and good luck.
I did a quick google research to learn more about this tradition. I learned the peas symbolize good luck. Some go as far to cook only 365 beans in a pot and add a coin into the pot. Greens indicate money and fortune. Cornbread is supposed to represent gold, but I agree with this author, it is a good accomplice for soaking up the peas.
So it is decided, I’m having this for dinner tomorrow night. I really don’t know the first thing about making black eyed peas. I remembered I didn’t like them once, but my palette has since matured and I’m ready to give them another chance. I just happened to browse over to Pioneer’s Women cooking site, and found an awesome and simple black eyed pea recipe that includes cooking my peas in bacon fat. Yaaaasss!