A good southern person knows that black-eyed peas and collards greens are the symbols of good luck for the new year. Therefore as I tap, tug, and sometimes hide my southern roots, I follow the prototype of their calling.
On or around January 1, 2012, it was my duty to prepare a dish for our annual New Year's Couples Brunch.
Yes, I'm very much single and still very much attended the couple's brunch. It was my idea and I'm the matriarch, so I shall attend. RIGHT. RIGHT (Let's digress shall we).
This year, I decided I would make the grand dish of black-eyed peas and collard greens. You'd think after the incident with the chicken spaghetti, I'd cool it for a minute, but I didn't. So, here's what happened. I decided to be fancy and tried a black-eyed pea dip instead of the traditional dish. I figured, new year, new things, and the dish looked easy enough. It was, kind of.
I found the recipe on Pinterest, it had rave reviews, so you know......
It required few ingredients and minimal time (sort of). The end result was good, not great, but good. I suggest a bit more salt and pepper, Rotel instead of salsa, and the baking time is 1 hr instead of 30 mins. Also, I used two cans of peas, not fresh ones, added Mexican corn, and voila, a hit among friends.
PS. I made the greens the traditional way & you may find the recipe in the link above.
Do you follow any traditions for New Year's Day? How about the bid for black eyed-peas and collard greens?