The first day of 2011 is different for me this year. With the passing of my grandmother, there is no phone call from her or second-hand reminder from my mom to make black-eyed peas & put some money up in a high place. In my family, both are actions meant to guarantee a lucky start to the new year.
Even if someone forgot to make the peas, neither my mom nor my grandma would forget to put a dollar bill or two on a high shelf. Neither would forget to mention every year that you were supposed to do both these things, even if they themselves hadn’t. It was kind of a funny little family tradition in its own way.
So, with that in mind a few days ago, I planned on making black-eyed peas for my husband & myself. I knew that Mark Bittman had a recipe in his How to Cook Everything that was easy enough even for me (the Panicked Chef) to cook. Unfortunately, once we got all the ingredients, I had to turn the cooking reins over to my husband. (I’m coming down with some sort of hacking-congestion-sinus miserableness. Would you like some phlegm with that?)
So, with peas made & money put on the highest shelf of my bookcase, I feel set to face the new year & would like to carry on my family tradition by saying I hope you do the same or, at least, indulge in your own New Year’s Day rituals. To friends & readers near & far, I wish you love, joy & fulfillment in 2011.