We live across the street from our church. It's always nice to come home to see it's well-lit steeple. It is always a welcoming sight.
We arrived home late because we had been to Mobile to eat New Year's dinner with our fiends. Cynthia always makes the best meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Not only did we enjoy the meatloaf and mashed potatoes, but we also dined on cabbage, black-eyed peas, cornbread, and Key lime pie. Ummm, delish! In the South, one always tries to eat ham, black-eyed peas, greens, and cornbread on New Year's day in order to bring good luck in the new year. The greens represent money, the cornbread gold, and the peas represent humility. Some of my friends throw a dime into their pot of Hoppin' John for good luck, but I don't go that far. I have a friend from New York who told me that she always considered peas, beans, and rice "poor people food." In the South, we consider them staples.
Field peas have always been widely grown in the South and their type and names vary from place to place--black-eyed peas, cow peas, pink-eyed peas, purple-hull peas, and crowder peas. The legend, as told by the United Daughters of the Confederacy say that Southerners were a resilient bunch during "The War." The Yankees came down and destroyed everything--food, buildings, crops, livestock--but they overlooked the cow peas, considering them cattle feed. From that, Southerners were able to survive, considering themselves lucky. That is why we eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day.
What is your traditional New Year's meal?
From 2014 Project 365