Blacked Eye Peas in PB
GET LUCKY THIS WEEK!
Every culture has traditional foods for inviting luck in the New Year and whichever you choose the Pacific Beach Tueday Farmers' Market offers all the ingredients you need for eating in the New Year right.
In Italy, as in many cultures, pork is usually on the menu since pigs move forward and represent the fat of the land. Conversely, hope you finished that lobster on New Year's Eve. They move backwards and are considered bad luck on New Year's Day. Ditto chickens and turkeys that scratch backwards, but we're thinking rabbit would be auspicious. Along with the pork, Italians eat lentils symbolizing money, like the beans and peas that many cultures consume.
We're going for the version that started in the Southern United States. Buy Susie's Farm's fresh black eyed peas; they cook up much faster than the dried ones. For traditional Hoppin' John, add rice. Cook it all up with a mess of greens, representing paper money. (Germans typically eat cabbage or sauerkraut.) Boiled or sauteed collards, kale, chard or even spinach will work, and JR Organics and Suzie's offer a wide variety. Add a chopped onion, shallots and crushed garlic from Proios Family Farm. We like the kick of a sliced jalapeno or other chiles. Cornbread from Belen Bakery will round out your meal. Then just sit back and welcome good fortune in 2012!