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Food For Luck

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Family Storytelling, Lucky Food, Hoppin JohnIt's time to say "good-bye" to 2013, and I don't mind telling you that I will not be sad to see it go!  2013 has not been a good year for me, and I now know it's because of the food I ate (or didn't eat) last January 1st.  Who knew that the food you consume on New Year's Day would influence your luck all year long?!?

Lucky Food

 

With 2014 just beginning, we all have a chance to cash in on the good luck just waiting to be claimed.  Take a look at some of the food traditions that I have discovered.  They come from all over the world.  Maybe one (or more) will be right for your family.

 

From America's South comes the classic Hoppin' John.  This is a dish which is made with black-eyed peas and rice.  The legumes represent wealth (I guess they are supposed to resemble coins), and wealth would be nice to have in 2014.  To carry that image even further, you can add some dark leafy greens to symbolize paper money.  You can also serve it with cornbread (the color of gold) to help with the money luck.

 

Pigs are a symbol of good luck in many cultures.  I found one of the reasons fascinating: pigs root forward which is the direction we want to head in the New Year!  Because of that, stay away from chicken or turkey, as they scratch backwards.  Serving ham or a pork roast is sure to bring you good luck in 2014.

 

Fish are a lucky Asian dish... WHOLE.  This includes the head and tail.  Supposedly this will grant you good luck from the beginning of the year to the end.  On a side note, a fish's scales resemble coins, and they swim fowards; a sure sign of progress.

 

The Spanish have given us the "Twelve Grapes of Luck."  A grape must be eaten with every stroke of the clock at midnight on New Year's Eve to ensure 12 months of good luck.  Not as easy as it sounds!  Be careful, though, as a bad grape will lead to a sour month.

 

There are many other traditions associated with food that guarantee a good New Year.  I'm not taking any chances this January 1st!  Our menu will consist of Black-Eyed Peas with Ham, Cornbread and a side of Spinach salad.

 

What traditions do you and your family have for New Year's Eve or New Year's Day?

 

Enjoy this easy recipe for Black Eyed Peas and Ham.  A downloadable PDF file is available for you here.

 

Family Storytelling, Lucky Food, Hoppin JohnBlack-Eyed Peas and Ham

Original recipe found at www.plainchicken.com

 

1 lb. dried black-eyed peas

8 oz. diced ham

4 C. chicken broth

2 C. water

1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning

Rinse and drain peas and place them in the crockpot.  Add the rest of the ingredients and cook 8-10 hours on low.

Serve with cornbread.

Last modified on Monday, 13 January 2014 12:41

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