It was a travesty, I know, to open a can of black-eyed peas for luck, dump it into a saucepan, add slices of bacon for health and simmer that while I mixed up a batch of pre-packaged cornbread mix representing gold coins. While it was baking, I steamed some cabbage to attract paper money as I lit scented candles to camouflage that lovely aroma. When the oven light shined on a golden brown crust, my New Year’s Day meal designed to bring me luck in 2019 was ready.
Fingers crossed the luck won’t be directly related to the effort I put into its preparation. For me, minimal hassle on day one, on any day, is luck. though if there had been company coming I would have bought the dried peas to prepare in a slow cooker, included some hog jowl and boiled a few cabbage quarters. I would still have used a packaged mix for the cornbread. My momma and grandmas could never give me a recipe for their made-from-scratch cornbread, so a mix it always is for me.
Google has not been forthcoming with any traditional lucky New Year’s Day menus for folks living north of the Mason-Dixon line, so this food combo must be strictly a southern custom. Hope you had your lucky meal on January 1. HAPPY 2020!