From: San Diego
Was looking for a nice traditional Southron New Yearís eve dinner recipe, and came across some interesting things about the genesis of the traditions.
Itís 1865 and your land is devastated and you are hungry. Canít eat cotton, and most plantations didnít grow truck. But they did grow peas and corn for animal feed and greens for the slaves, so that was pretty much what they were reduced to surviving on. It became a tradition.
Every New Yearís, a Southron would eat what their ancestors did as a hope for prosperity in the coming year. The black-eyed peas represent coins (serious traditionalists require at least 365 peas in a serving); the greens (collards, mustards, or spinach for the faint of heart) represent greenback dollars; the cornbread (donít forget, eating white bread was a mark of gentility) represents gold dollars.
Some folks think the hog-jowl for the beans is because the good hog parts were reserved for way more useful purposes and thatís all that was left. I like to think it was more a flavoring added to a fairly tangy, but nonetheless tasty bean.
I do like a ham steak, some black-eyed peas, collards, and cornbread for New Yearís eve.
Black Eyed peas and corn bread. Sometimes(and I mean SOMETIMES, I miss Louisiana.
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After 16 years, Civ II still has me in it's clutches LOL!!!
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