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)