Actually, I’m serious. I really do love black-eye peas and turnip greens. I think both are delicious, especially with cornbread and pepper sauce. But, as a 110%, tad-bit superstitious Southern girl, I don’t let New Year’s pass me by without feasting on this meal.
The Southern saying goes: “Eat poor on New Year’s, eat fat the rest of the year.” The traditional Southern New Year’s meal that accompanies this saying includes ham, corn bread, black-eyed peas and collard greens. (I will be omitting the ham.) Black-eyed peas and collard greens are both considered to be especially lucky on New Year’s Day. Black-eyed peas are thought to bring wealth because they look like little coins (Do they really? I don’t see it…), in addition to the fact that they swell when cooked — a sure sign of prosperity. Collard greens are considered lucky because they are green, like greenbacks — money!
I love this meal and it is a treat for me to eat anytime, but especially if it will / might start the year off right! Bring it on!