New Year’s Food Traditions
The food on our holiday table is usually a celebration of the abundance that we have in our lives. In contrast, New Years Eve foods are a request for the abundance to continue. All over the world people celebrate the coming of the New Year with food that symbolizes money and luck. Greens are eaten because they look like dollars, peas and lentils because they resemble coins. Some cultures eat one grape for every month of the year and the sweetness or sourness of each grape predicts the months to come. In the south black eyed peas are often found on the table on January 1st so here is our Deli’s Texas Caviar recipe; an easy and delicious salad that can be eaten cold or warm and has the added benefit of bringing you and yours good luck in the New Year.
2 cups black eyed peas, soaked
1 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, minced
1/8 cup garlic, minced
¾ cup red bell pepper, small dice
1/3 cup olive oil
1/8 cup jalapeno, minced
½ T salt
2 ½ oz lime juice
Soak the black eyed peas, overnight, drain them and cook in ample water until done. Drain and set aside.
Combine the olive oil, lime juice and salt.
While black eyed peas are still warm, mix all the ingredients together, taste and enjoy!
Whatever your New Years Eve traditions are, we wish you all an abundant and prosperous 2014, filled with health, community and the people you love. Happy New Year!
Michelle, Deli Manager