Thursday, January 1, 2009

Black Eyed Peas and Cabbage


Can you read between the lines?! LOL (for the puter, and play on puter, on the puter!) Actually, I just don't make New Year's resolutions. I suppose I think you should initiate change in your life any time you realize it's necessary or would be beneficial. And then there's always some habits and traits I'm just gonna hang on to no matter what. Suppose I'm stubborn that way.

I never have been a big one for partying on New Year's Eve. I can't see all the to-do about the calendar changing, for one. Secondly, it's about the most dangerous night of the year you could be on the road. Even when I was young, sexy like in the picture and still in my wild days it didn't much appeal to me. I can count the times I partied in the New Year in my life on one hand. With a digit or two left over.

Never have been one to see any benefit or reasoning to superstitions either. Suppose my attitude is much the same as the song by Stevie Wonder. "When you believe in things that you don't understand and you suffer....superstition ain't the way."

Tradition, though, is something I can sink my teeth into. Doing things just because we always have or Mama and Daddy did. I like the connection to the past and the feeling of continuance it brings.

So for that reason, today I have black-eyed peas with bacon and onion simmering on the stove. There's two head of cabbage to be diced and boiled down with polska kielbasa sausage as well. Probably some fresh rice and a pone of cornbread coming, too. That's just what we do in the South. In Texas. In Caneyhead.

Never have seen the good fortune the superstitious say the peas should bring or the money the cabbage ought to proffer. But to quote Daddy, "I've never felt better or had less in my poor life." Praying you and yours are blessed as well!

Barbara

15 comments:

  1. We had turnip greens and blackeyed peas with some ham cooked in with them, creamed potatoes and cornbread. I never make New Year resolutions. Have a great year Barbara. Helen

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  2. Happy New Year, my stomach is growling :o)

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  3. I complained at the hospital cafeteria today about them not having black eyed peas on the menu. It was all in fun because I've never seen a thing they've done for me,but why not they taste good.

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  4. Pork and Kruat for the new years

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  5. I fixed black eyed peas with bacon and onion...had it all over rice...with diced tomatoes on top...boy was it good...nuttin else...just that...and like you...never really celebrated the new year coming in...and resolutions are not necessary either...LOL..so it isn't just south Texas...it is norty Kentucky too LOL...God Bless...hugs...Ora

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  6. Sauerkraut and pork is the Pa. "good luck" new year meal. Not that I believe in it but we always have it. I've never been one for resolutions. I tend to just try and make some good life changes and not always in January. Happy New Year!

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  7. Traditions are the way to go! Happy New Year!

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  8. Sounds like a delicious and heart warming southern meal! Cheers to traditions and happy memories and bringing in the new... from our safe home... yes we stayed home too and it is much safer to be at home than out on the roads!
    May you have a blessed and wonderful 2009!
    Lisa

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  9. I love that saying of your daddy's! I feel the way you do. I don't see much to make a big deal over on New Year's, and we don't do a big party or anything. Love black eyed peas and cabbage, though, any day of the year!

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  10. Dear Barbara,
    thanks for your kind comments!
    he is over the hypothermia and the shock..he is quite young so I hope he will stay out of trouble..he is traveling to a ski race tomorrow at the town where his boarding school is...
    thanks again!
    Great New Years entry! thanks!
    love ya much,
    natalie

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  11. I took my girlfriend out to dinner and a movie on new year's eve... we kissed goodnight at 11:20pm both of us forgetting that it was new year's eve and I was falling asleep to the tv at midnight... I'm so borishly lame sometimes...lol...

    Happy new year Barbara

    Mik

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  12. we put a dime in the peas and whoever gets that is supposed to have extra good luck. The dog got it this year!

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