Do you eat the traditional foods on New Year’s Day? What are they? As long as I can remember, we were supposed to eat cabbage, black eyed peas and pork on New Year’s Day. I was never quite sure why but I surely wasn’t going to be the one to not do it and have bad luck the whole year! I really don’t believe all this but I’m fixing it anyway. Tradition, you know?
Black eyed peas are done and cabbage is simmering (stinking up the house but I love cooked cabbage):
Chad’s dinner break is around 3:00 so I’ll have all this ready and bake a pan of cornbread and in 2011, we’ll be prosperous, healthy, and whatever else we’re supposed to be if we eat the right foods on New Year’s Day! 🙂
After a little research, I found that it’s traditional to eat the following foods for the following reasons:
- Greens – Can be cabbage, kale, mustard greens, sauerkraut or anything along those lines. The greens are supposed to bring financial fortune. The “green” supposedly represents folded paper money. We’re having cabbage seasoned with bacon grease.
- Legumes – Any kind of beans or peas. These represent coins and again, will bring us great fortune during 2011. We’re having black eyed peas seasoned with tasso because that’s what we’ve always had in the past. Black eyed peas are my least favorite of all peas/beans. It’s not that I truly don’t like them but they’re just not my favorite.
- Pork – This supposedly represents progress. We want to make much progress during 2011 . . maybe even progress to a new location! 🙂 So, we’re going to have bacon in the morning and stuffed pork chops for our main meal.
And there are things we should avoid eating! Lobster and chicken, because lobsters swim backwards, chickens scratch backwards and either of them could take you back instead of helping you move forward. This is bad news for Vince because he just ate some leftover turkey tetrazzini. Do turkeys scratch backwards?