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Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Jenise » Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:56 pm

I'm not at all superstitious, but my grammy was, and she made black eyed peas for good luck on New Years every year. Funny, for all the time we spent together both later in her life and in frequent weekends at her house while growing up, I only learned of this from her describing it to me in the years before her death at age 93. She only reluctantly admitted this, describing in a near whisper how she'd count out 360 peas to make sure every day was covered, and I don't now recall why she even told me about when she did but it was obviously told me in high confidence. It was a secret she kept from God.

And she definitely had some secrets to keep because though a woman of strong faith, she broke with some of the teachings of her Christian Science religion for practical reasons, like undergoing traditional surgery when a tennis ball sized tumor showed up on the back of her neck. She wasn't about to trust faith healing for that--she wanted to see her grandchildren grow up.

I was so touched by her confession that I made it my own tradition in her honor, but I have no idea what her preparation was. So I can't copy that or I would. I just make whatever I feel like--a soup sometimes, and sometimes a marinated bean salad. This year I plan both, so I'm about to go buy some black eyed peas and just hope I'm not too late to find them. Should have bought them weeks ago.

Anyone else have a New Years tradition?
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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Larry Greenly » Sun Dec 29, 2019 7:42 pm

Not hard core, but sauerkraut and sausages for entree.
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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Paul Winalski » Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:44 pm

360 peas? What about the other five days?

Chinese take-out seems to be extremely popular here in New England. At some restaurants you have to place your order a day or two in advance. I eat Chinese on New Year's Eve, but I cook it myself. It tastes better and I avoid all the crowds at the restaurant. I pop open a bottle of Krug NV Champagne at midnight.

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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Jenise » Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:32 pm

Typo.

That's what I should do on NYD, too. So much great Chinese up in Richmond!
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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Peter May » Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:27 am

Jenise wrote: she'd count out 360 peas to make sure every day was covered


What about the other 5 days?

Jenise, don't forget you'll need 366 beans for 2020.
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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Dale Williams » Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:18 pm

I grew up in the South (GA and NC) , and always have blackeyed peas (and greens- I grew up with turnip but often do collards) on New Year. The peas are usually cooked straight with some pork, a thick soup, but some years I've done Hoppin John. This year I'll risk the wrath of my ancestors with a little variation- I have some Rancho Gordo Eye of the Goat beans, not BEP but their closest relatives. Wish me luck.
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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Jenise » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:26 pm

Hoppin' John is a dish I've been aware of but somehow never made or eaten. It's a NY tradition, too?
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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Jenise » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:30 pm

Oh, sometimes on Christmas day but always at least between Xmas and NY, we'll usually have ham and grits and red eye gravy for brunch. Bob gets two eggs over easy with his. Well, I made that yesterday, and as I stood there in the refrigerator door looking for a tiny bit of red wine for my gravy, I spied a bottle of marsala and had one of those 'aha!' moments. Yes, THAT. And it was the best red eye gravy ever.
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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Dale Williams » Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:11 pm

Jenise wrote:Hoppin' John is a dish I've been aware of but somehow never made or eaten. It's a NY tradition, too?


Well it's partly black eyed peas, and someplaces in some places supplants what I think of as the traditional way of serving for New Years (it's low country, but now can be found in Mississipi/Louisiana as well). Not part of my growing up- my parents were from western Georgia and eastern Alabama, where straight peas were the tradition. I would guess race plays some role in this- I think Hoppin John definitely is more associated with African-American heritage. As are collard greens, which my mom turned her nose up at. I don't think of my parents as racist, but some attitudes are probably inevitable in people born in South in 1930s (maybe everywhere).

I've never heard of wine in red eye gravy, only leftover coffee. We used to have country ham and RE gravy at Christmas as well
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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Matilda L » Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:12 am

I haven't heard of Hoppin' John, but I just googled a couple of recipes, and it looks tasty. I think I'll make this soon.

We have no general traditions in Australia for New Year food. Different ethnic groups might have, but my own English/Irish/Scottish/Cornish ancestry hasn't given me any. Each of those has traditions, but time has faded them away.

The Francophile and I often see in the New Year with a bottle of sparkling shiraz, because we like it - our own personal tradition, if you like - but this year we had a hot milo and went to bed early. Must be getting old. (Actually, the Francophile had to get up at 4 am New Year's Day morning to go to work, so we didn't stay up for midnight.)

I think he's making a Malaysian style curry tonight, just an ordinary weekday dinner.

Happy New Year, everyone. May we have peace and plenty ... or if not plenty, enough.
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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Jeff Grossman » Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:32 pm

Yes, Happy New Year!
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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Jenise » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:44 pm

Matilda L wrote:Happy New Year, everyone. May we have peace and plenty ... or if not plenty, enough.


My prayers for your country, Matilda. Was just looking at air fares. When those fires finally stop I'm guessing you'll need all the tourists you can get, and we'd like to be part of that. I've given some substantial donations to two animal rescue organizations, too. Hope you're in a safe area or as much as that can be possible. Looking at the fire maps seems like nothing's safe.
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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Jenise » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:49 pm

Dale Williams wrote:I've never heard of wine in red eye gravy, only leftover coffee. We used to have country ham and RE gravy at Christmas as well


I have no idea at this point how/when it occurred to me to add wine, could have been something I read or an idea that occurred to me on my own because straight coffee didn't taste balanced. Either way, I've never had any red eye gravy except for what I make and my southern boy husband loves what I make. I just pour a little coffee and about the same quantity light bodied red (or did, it's Marsala from now on) into the pan in which I browned off the ham, and then reduce it. Drizzle it over the ham, eggs (if it's Bob's plate) and grits, add a little green onion, and I'm done.
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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Jenise » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:55 pm

Ham, grits, eggs over easy (this was Bob's plate!) and Marsala red eye gravy.

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Re: Holiday food traditions for New Years

by Jeff Grossman » Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:36 am

Woof. I can see I'll have to get breakfast for lunch tomorrow. :)

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