We had a lovely weekend, starting the New Year right.
New Year’s Day Dinner: we wanted to tap into some of the traditions for granting luck to the new year. Being somewhat from the south, we decided to have a more traditional bean, green, and pork dish. We also wanted to celebrate our local food, to grant ourselves good luck for the rest of our local food challenge.
Beans are supposed to symbolize prosperity for the new year, because they swell as they cook. I chose to use tiger’s eye beans (from our Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain CSA share) because they had lovely circular markings. Apparently, circular things are lucky, because they symbolize coins, and therefore wealth. We decided to cook the beans with a smoked ham hock from Stillman’s Meat CSA. Pork is supposed to be lucky because pigs root forward, symbolizing forward or positive motion in the year.
I’m not sure how cornbread is lucky, but it certainly goes well with beans and greens! We used some frozen kale and kohlrabi greens to cook with the beans as they finished up. Greens symbolize wealth since they are green.
That was our New Year’s Eve main dish. The next thing was dessert. We decided to use frozen peaches to make a crisp, because circular fruit is regarded as lucky, because it symbolizes coins, and the circularity of the year.
That was our local, lucky New Year’s Dinner. Aside from the sugar, and spices, it was all local. We enjoyed the meal, company, and our pets looking forward to a good year ahead of us.
And that was our weekend in food. I hope everyone else had a lovely first weekend of the year!