Black-Eyed Peas for the New Year
I have never been one to make New Years Resolutions. I like to think that if I see something in my life that needs to be changed, I just change it without feeling the need to wait 3 months for a new beginning.
That’s not to say I have never made a new years resolution. I one time caved into peer pressure and made my resolution: to break up with my boyfriend. I no longer felt fulfilled with our between class note-passing and lack of all other forms of communication. It took me almost a full three months, but I did it. Then, I found out another two months after that (through a mutual friend) he had been grounded almost the entire span of our relationship. Thus, the lack of communication.
I like to think I’ve come a long way since 9th grade.
This year, for the first time, I am making my own black eyed peas for my New Years Luck! Throughout my years, I have had all sorts of black-eyed peas: southwestern style, in soup, plain, fresh picked on New Years morning, even canned, but I have always gotten my black-eyed peas. And I’m not even superstitious, as evidenced by that one day when I broke mirrors underneath a ladder to decorate the sets for a musical. It’s just tradition.
Although, a little luck never hurt anyone, right?
Actually, I think the reasoning is quite nice. If you open the year with frugality (who can argue that black-eyed peas aren’t cheap?), it is a sign that you will make wise decisions throughout the year, and the luck will follow.
So here’s to 2010! (and it’s still not too late to go get your black-eyed peas…)
Since this was my first time making these, I went for simple: Peas, salt, ham, water. And a little onion for fun. There are plenty of great recipes all over the internet, but I just winged it. I heated a bag of peas to boiling, covered with water, then turned off the heat and let sit covered for 1 hour. Then, I discarded the water, and sauteed a red onion and 2 small ham hocks (you can easily use bacon or anything else here) until the onions were translucent. I poured back in the peas, just covered with water and let simmer for about a half hour. Yum!
So that’s what I did today. What do you do for your New Year?