Tuesday, January 01, 2008

black-eyed peas

Happy New Year!
We are eating Black-eyed Peas for luck on New Years Day.
2 lbs. black eyed peas, soaked in cold water overnight, drained and rinsed well and put into my large crock-pot with 4 of the smallest ham hocks I’ve ever seen from the market. I put in some concoction of herbs and spices Seth came up with in his laboratory. Cover with fresh cold water and cooked on high for about 4 1/2 hours. Remove ham hocks, let cool until you can handle them, remove and discard the rind and bones, return meat to pot along with 2 medium sautéed onions. Stir in a 6 oz can of tomato paste. It needed salt—tasted great—I think the good luck associated with Black-eyed Peas is that you know you’ve eaten, must have felt good in the cold days in the past. I'm lucky my family likes peasant food.

Seth found a stone in his peas--no, mom, I didn't sort them carefully. I told Seth it meant he had extra good luck this year.

My other New Year’s tradition is to clean one or two drawers/cupboards in my kitchen each day in January, putting many extraneous things into the good-will box and broken items in the trash. Where do these extra spoons/utensils come from? I may run them by the neighbors. Also, how come in a household where no one drinks coffee do we gain 6-10 mugs a year?


atet said...

If you figure out where all those extra utensils come from let me know -- I have my own pile! And as for the coffee cups, I think it's something similar to scrap bins. They just multiply! Happy New Year! May it bring you and your family much joy, love and laughter!

Elaine Adair said...

When I lived in Tennessee, the New Year's dish for good lick, was black-eyed peas, and turnip greens, with hog jowl, and cornbread (yum), served with a slice of onion. Well, that was kinda foreign sounding to me, but I found that hog jowl was almost the same as bacon. The turnip greens not to my liking, but if you sprinkle them with a good quality favored salad vinegar, it became a GREAT meal!

Happy New Year.

René PleinAir. said...

Gelukkig nieuwjaar, klein meisje!

Grappig ik vond je weblog via Slim Johnson, ... "Klein meisje" viel me meteen op!

Take care.

Dawn said...

Ahhh yes, we gain a ton of mugs each year too! We will never use them all!