In the South, it is tradition to eat black-eyed peas and cabbage on New Year’s Day to ensure luck and prosperity in the coming year. The black-eyed peas are for good luck, while the cabbage is for money, a/k/a prosperity.
Personally, I prefer to serve Hoppin’ John and Souped Up Stewed Cabbage. For you Yankees, Hoppin’ John is black-eyed peas with ham or fatback seasoned with Cajun seasonings, onion and bell pepper. It’s generally served over white rice. The cabbage is my own concoction of “fried” cabbage, potato soup and a little Parmesan cheese.
Good stuff….for a good year.
And, for your musical pleasure:
Where is the Love?, The Black-Eyed Peas
Boil Them Cabbage Down, The Darlins
Is that Gilligan?
HAVE A GREAT OH-EIGHT!