Traditions and Change

January 01, 2004

The Barefoot Kitchen Witch wrote about braiding traditions a month or so ago at the start of winter Carnival season. (Scroll up - she continues the thought) I was reminded of her thoughts around 7:00 this morning as I put dinner in the oven.

Mom is Southern, and from her we learned that you will have good luck all year if you eat black-eye peas on New Year's Day. So, most years we remember to eat our black-eyes.

Black-eye peas are traditionally served with sauteed onions as a side dish to a meal of baked ham, corn bread, and collards. It is darn good eating. It also fails the kosher test - ham oinks, and cornbread is dairy.

So, we adapted another tradition, and on New Year's Eve we have vegetarian chile and dairy cornbread. It was good, although I made it too spicy for J's pregnant digestive tract.

Tonight, the menu is brisket, collard greens, and black-eye peas. No ham, no dairy, but it should still be good eating. We will cook the collards with vinegar and a little chipotle rather than using ham or pork fat. The brisket is cooking now - browned it and then put it up at 250 with sauteed onions, garlic, coriander, black pepper, and just a splash of strong coffee.

Braiding traditions, a rich yet experimental meal, and black-eye peas. I think I like the precedent we are setting for the new year.

Posted by Red Ted at January 1, 2004 08:44 AM | TrackBack