Here’s to Luck and Prosperity in 2009 January 1, 2009Posted by smooregasbord in Family/Home, Food.
In order to bring luck and prosperity in the New Year, southerners typically eat a meal that consists of black-eyed peas, collards, and cornbread. Respectively, they represent coins, paper money, and gold. This is a superstitious tradition that dates back to the Civil War. These sides are typically served with pork which is also a symbol of prosperity in many cultures. According to my research, “pigs are considered good luck because they root forward, symbolizing progress.” [source: blogher] The combination makes for one tasty meal where I get to enjoy my most favorite food of all, collards.
I also took this opportunity to try out a recipe that I read about in the January 2009 issue of Southern Living, the hot fudge brownie cake. It was delicious and not too overwhelmingly sweet…it just needed something extra. There’s also a mocha version that I’d be willing to give a shot next go around. A little coffee, in my book, makes everything better!
Here’s wishing you a wonderful 2009 from our family to yours!