Eating black-eyed peas will bring you money in the new year, according to Southern tradition. Owing to this tradition, Rachel, my mom-in-law, made us a New Year’s lunch of collards, black eyed peas and cornbread. We also added leftover coleslaw and chicken wings. The bitter greens and the buttery beans soaked into the crunchy warm cornbread, and together became a hearty meal. I especially enjoyed the pepper sauce with the greens. The vinegar and spice of the sauce bites the bitterness back. A collision of strong angry flavors.
This was my first time eating black eyed peas in celebration of a New Year. I’m waiting for the money to start ringing in.
What are your New Year Celebration food traditions? Any favorites?