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Old 01-01-2007, 01:05 PM   #1
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New Year's Day Good Luck Foods

Well, today I'm preparing a batch of my own version of Hoppin John which include Black Eyed Peas for good luck. In the southern U.S. Black Eyed Peas have long been associated with good fortune.

There are lots of traditions, superstitions, or whatever you wish to call them regarding "Good Luck" foods. What are some of your's?

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Old 01-01-2007, 01:16 PM   #2
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I made hoppin' john for the first time yeaterday. We're having it for lunch. What is the texture of the finished dish supposed to be? Should it be dry like white rice or in a sauce such as baked beans or risotto?
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Old 01-01-2007, 01:48 PM   #3
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I believe that traditional Hoppin John is rather dry like white rice or dishes such as "chicken and rice" or fried rice.

I have never had it prepared by a true southern chef so I don't have any first hand perspective. My own preference is a creamy consistency so I add black beans, stewed tomatoes and barley so that the barley starch and soluable fiber gives it a smooth and creamy texture.

I don't think that the consistency is the important part of the dish, it's the good luck that you get from eating Black Eyed Peas!
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:08 PM   #4
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I couldn't care less for the saying of good luck from black eyed peas. I've eaten them year after year and it hasn't given me a bit of luck. This year, I'm not making any, let's see what happens.
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:24 PM   #5
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Well folks... I would get recipe specific...but there is no point.
For every "southerner" there are at least that many recipes...
Every family has "their way" and of course it is "the best way"

I have eaten it this way...black-eyed peas cooked very done...with some thickness to the liquid but still with many of whole peas intact. Not to thick..not to thin...Served OVER white rice...Then again with the cooked rice MIXED IN with the peas to serve...Either way you wind up with a pea/rice mixture on the fork/spoon. Not unlike a red bean & rice dish.
In fact I personally don't care that much for Hoppin-John. I prefer my black-eyes just plain with cornbread etc. I save the bean/rice deal for Red beans and rice which is a whole new ball game. IMO Hoppin-John should not be a "clump" of goo on your plate like... say potato salad....nor should it be a soup.
Somewhere in there is a happy medium...I hope this helps!
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:26 PM   #6
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I couldn't care less for the saying of good luck from black eyed peas. I've eaten them year after year and it hasn't given me a bit of luck. This year, I'm not making any, let's see what happens.
LOL I didn't make them this year either. Maybe we're onto something!

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Old 01-01-2007, 02:30 PM   #7
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well according to the free calendar I got last night with my take-away, 2007 is the Chinese year of the Boar/Pig so I`m not sure if it`s a Good or Bad thing to be eating this tonight?

I`ll soon let you know :)
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:45 PM   #8
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I never liked Black-Eyed peas until out of curiousity I bought a bag of fresh ones that the supermarket produce departments around here carry only at this time of year. I followed the recipe on the back of the bag, using a hunk of Virginia country ham (I believe it was a jowl piece), & it was absolutely delicious. Had it for lunch several times during the week. The liquidj/texture was what you'd see in most bean salads - "moist", but not gluey/gloppy or soupy.

As far as the traditional "luck" thing goes, my relatives would never let a New Year's go by without everyone having at least a spoonful of Lentil soup. Husband hates the stuff, so I just had a bowlful myself for lunch yesterday - not that I'm expecting it to do much for me (except increase my fiber intake - lol!!).

For today, if I manage to get around to it, I'm hoping to put together my Cassoulet, which is white-bean based. Whether those beans are lucky enough - again, who knows - but Cassoulet is another New Year's tradition with us.
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we had greens and black eyed peas for the "money"and :luck" lol...
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I made hoppin' john for the first time yeaterday. We're having it for lunch. What is the texture of the finished dish supposed to be? Should it be dry like white rice or in a sauce such as baked beans or risotto?
I've been making Hoppin John for years now based on a recipe in JOY, and yes the texture is dry, more like rice.
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