Every January 1 we have the same meal: ham, greens, black eye peas and cornbread.
As a child growing up down south, I had the same meal, as did my folks and theirs and theirs. It's a tradition.
There is a reason we eat this to bring in a New Year.
The black-eyed peas represent coins. Collards (or other greens like turnip greens or cabbage), represents paper money. Cornbread represents gold. Together it all means - good luck and good health in the coming year.
*Jus' so ya know, canned collards or frozen are just as good.
If you have time this New Years Day, try this out!
It's Freaking Awesome!
If it sucked we wouldn't make it a tradition.
*I've been told that I have a mean cornbread recipe that has turned non believers.
Also, add a pinch of pepper flake to the greens and also dash of pepper sauce will make all the difference!
For New Years Eve, growing up, we would ALWAYS have a can of re fried beans with pepper jack cheese melted in (lots!) and eaten as a dip with chips. When I got married, hubs wasn't buying it and asked if I would make him Rotel and Velveeta - which I have done every years since, along side my re friend beans and cheese, of course.