Friday, December 28, 2012
My yearly reminder to all of my blogger friends: For good luck and prosperity, you simply MUST eat black eyed peas first thing on New Year's Day (which, in my world, means they must be eaten at 12:01 a.m., along with your champagne toast to the New Year!)
For a more detailed explanation of the reasons why you must eat black eyed peas[footnote 1] first thing on New Year's Day, please see this prior post.
For a recap of the bad luck I experienced the one and only year that I forgot to eat the darned peas, please see this prior post.
Here are some links to recipes that will make them delicious for you:
1. Healthy and Delicious: Southern-Style Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon
I'm not sure how the word "healthy" got included in the title for a recipe that includes bacon but I can vouch for the fact that the bacon will make it delicious!
2. Crockpot Black-Eyed Peas With Ham
Ham is good, too, and perhaps more traditional than the bacon. In fact, real Southerners use ham hocks. Yum!
3. Spicy Black-Eyed Peas With Tomatoes
And in Louisiana, they like their food spicy. (See, e.g., Jambalaya). These are a nice change from the salty, slightly sweet versions above.
Note that the first two recipes call for dried or frozen peas, which taste better than canned, but take longer to prepare than the kind out of the can. No procrastinating if you want them ready on time!
Then again, you could probably substitute the canned peas. They wouldn't be as delicious, of course, but it would be easier.
Or, if you actually like the canned peas (like I do), and/or if you won't be home but want to be sure you get your good-luck-peas, you can just pop open a can, dump them into a bowl, heat them in the microwave, and you are ready to go within two minutes on New Year's Eve! Definitely lacks the gourmet flair, but it's quick and practical and will keep you from suffering horrible bad luck all year!
I wish you all the best for the coming year. May you all be healthy, happy, and prosperous.
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Footnote 1: That would be a good name for a punk rock band, wouldn't it? "The Black Eyed Peas". . .