Happy New Year!
I am sure every region of the world has their own special New Year tradition. Philadelphia has the Mummers Parade, the Dutch have their oliebollen, and the Scots have their haggis. Now I am from the South where football is like a religion, you say yes ma’am and no ma’am to any lady regardless of their age, and no matter what, you eat collard greens and black-eyed peas for New Years.
Collard greens represent money and good fortune, and the black-eyed peas are for prosperity and good luck.
Here’s a little tip: Don’t add extras to the collard greens. No chopped garlic, onions, red pepper flakes, or sesame oil. I’ve even seen a recipe for collard greens with barbecue sauce. No! Just go with this tried and true method that came from Mrs. Ella from Starke, Florida: Cook the collard greens with a ham bone, some water, a generous pinch of salt and a good amount of cane syrup. Cook the collard greens until they shine. That’s when you know they are ready to eat. Soak up the potlikker with some warm cornbread, and you have pure Southern heaven on a plate. Happy New Years, y’all!