I had to share this post for the Black Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day tradition. I love me some black-eyed peas, greens and cornbread. Oh My!
I am definitely cooking me some this weekend.
There are several legends as to the origin of this custom.
In the Southern United States, the peas are typically cooked with a pork product for flavoring (such as bacon, ham bones, fatback, or hog jowl), diced onion, and served with a hot chili sauce or a pepper-flavored vinegar.
The traditional meal also includes collard, turnip, or mustard greens, and ham. The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion. Cornbread also often accompanies this meal. The cornbread represents gold.
Tis the Season. Yum
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