Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Black eyed peas and greens for New Year's fortune?

Black-eyed peas and kale. So where's the money?
Okay, let me be the first to say that I'm a skeptic.  Eating black-eyed peas (coins!?) and greens (folding money?!) on New Year's Day is supposed to bring you wealth and prosperity in the New Year?   Heck, I don't even like black-eyed peas, and even kale, despite its modern reputation as a "superfood," ranks only about 87th on my Favorite Vegetables list.

But a person near and dear to me grew up with this legend and, even though it obviously hasn't worked so far through many New Years together, we keep on trying.

Today I decided to play with my food a little, so plated my beans-and-greens as a little yin-yang symbol with decorative dots of hot sauce and black pepper.  Hey, it could work!

How about you?  Do you follow this or similar regional or cultural food practices, like Hoppin' John (which I like even less) to bring fame, fortune, good luck or other good things on the first day of the year?