I would not call myself completely superstitious but I think it folly to ignore the potential to rack up good luck for an entire year, especially when through delicious means. Last year at this time I shared a recipe for Hoppin’ John, a traditional dish in the U.S. South believed to predisposition one for good fortune if eaten first thing in the new year. It is a delicious, hearty dish I’d gladly eat every morning. Featuring the beans, rice, some spicy flavor and pork, one is lucky merely to get to eat it for breakfast; any additional good luck is upside.
Coconut Black Eyed Pea Soup
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup yellow onions , chopped
- ½ cup green or red pepper , finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup fresh tomato , chopped into small pieces (approximately ½ inch)
- 2 ½ cups black eyed peas (canned, drained or dried, soaked and cooked until tender before adding)
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- A large pinch of sugar
- 3 cups water
- ¾ cups rice , cooked
- Optional garnish: Grated coconut and julienned red pepper
In a large stock pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
Once melted add the onion, pepper, curry powder, salt and pepper. Sautee for 2-3 minutes until well combined and vegetables begin to soften.
Add chopped tomato. Continue to sauté for two more minutes.
Add black eyed peas, coconut milk, sugar and water. Stir to combine and bring to a low simmer. Simmer about 15 minutes.
Add rice and taste for additional seasoning. Note: I usually add a bit more salt and pepper at this point. Garnish if desired and serve!
Don’t Forget: for luck, eat a bit the very first thing on the New Year! Whether it be at 12:01 a.m. or when you get up!
More Boulder Locavore ‘lucky’ New Year’s options:
Hoppin’ John (and a list of International Lucky Foods for the New Year)