I’m a little superstitious. I like to do (read ‘eat’ here) lucky things for the New Year. New Year’s Eve for us was particularly calm. We went to Henrietta’s Table for a divine late lunch and then we had a quiet evening at home for reflection. We finally broke open the one jar of holiday spiced cherries that we made at the beginning of our preserving this summer and served it over cake. Nom.
Then, on New Year’s Day, we made sure we had a very lucky day with lucky food. For breakfast, we had coin sized pancakes with butter and maple syrup. Anything that looks like coins or money is generally considered lucky.
For dinner, we chose a more Southern approach with beans and greens.
Greens of any type symbolize money. Usually collards are the traditional pairing, but we only had green cabbage for greens, which I cooked up with some bacon and our home-made apple cider vinegar.
We also used a ham hock to cook the beans and vegetables with. Two uses of pork in the meal is very lucky. Pigs only root forward, which symbolizes a forward view to the year- not looking back on the past.
Lastly, I made cornbread. Is cornbread lucky? Dunno. It felt appropriate for the meal, though. Maybe the corn kernels that I ground into meal also symbolize coins? Either way, I think it went well with the rest of the meal.
And thus our new year was started on the right gastronomic foot: lucky local food.
What else have we been up to? Not too much, the same old winter local cooking right now.
We got quite a few awesome winter eating cookbooks as presents for the holidays that we’ll be trying out in the next months. We will certainly keep you posted on those developments. I’m certainly excited!
Wishing you all a very lucky 2012.