It's 1/1/11, do you know what that means?
You've survived. You've made it through 2010. Dear god, wasn't it a trial? Horrible, difficult, scary, ugly, stinky 2010....
Okay, so maybe it wasn't so bad. Or maybe it wasn't bad at all. But still, to make sure that 2011 is as far away from any of those adjectives as possible, you need to eat yourself some Hoppin John to get some luckitude for the next 365 days. Hopefully, after some fortifying, luck-infused black eyed peas, your year won't SUCK.
Here's how it goes kiddos:
Hoppin' John (serves 3-4)
1 cup dried black eyed peas, soaked
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp oil
Pinch of cayenne
Pinch of allspice
1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
1 tomato, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Chopped scallions and fresh parsley
Cook your black eyed peas in boiling water until tender, then drain and reserve the fortunate liquid. In a separate pan, saute the onions and garlic until golden, then add the cayenne, allspice, and soy sauce and give it a lucky stir. Add in the peas and dribble in the pea cooking liquid until it just covers the legumes and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or so, seasoning to taste with salt, pepper, cayenne until it's soft and excellent.
Serve this prosperous dish over brown rice, with sauteed greens of your choice (collards, kale, etc.) and feel the golden glow of a guaranteed successful, auspicious 52 weeks slide down your gullet. Rejoice. Discuss the future of your blog over the meal.
Have a doggy helper do the dishes.
2011. It's going to be a good one.