It’s traditional in the US South and perhaps other places to start the year with a serving of black-eyed peas & collard greens. I only started doing it as an adult, and never bothered with the hog jowl thing. The greens symbolize money in the coming year, and the peas are associated with luck. If you eat these traditional foods regularly, you’ll save some money so there’s a bonus right off the bat.
Ideas for Cooking
I’m going to try this recipe from Fat Free Vegan this year. That takes care of the black-eyed peas, for a side of greens I’ll probably do something along these lines, since it’s easy to do for a crowd. I’ll mix collards and kale for this, and serve with brown basmati rice. I’m also planning to make this cornbread.
For a non-traditional dish that combines the greens and black-eyed peas into one dish, try this African inspired beans and greens stew.
Best of luck and prosperity in 2011!