I hope you all had a blast welcoming in the new year! I made this spectacular New Year’s feast.
- Ham steaks
- Collard greens with bacon
- Black eyed peas (recipe is below)
- Pumpkin cornbread (I swapped coconut milk for the milk and arrowroot starch for the AP flour)
It was the first time I’ve made a “traditional New Year’s dinner,” so I was sure to include all the foods that are said to bring luck. And especially financial luck – I certainly wouldn’t say no to a little of that! I couldn’t find a black eyed pea recipe that was quite what I wanted, so I combined my favorite elements from several to make my own.
New Year’s Eve Black Eyed Peas
Here’s what you’ll need:
1/2 cup dried black eyed peas
1 Tbsp butter or other cooking oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
Here’s what you’ll do:
1. Place beans in a large bowl and cover with water. Make sure there are about 2 inches of water over the beans because they will plump up! Leave soaking for 6-8 hours.
2. After the beans have soaked, strain and rinse.
3. Heat butter or oil in a pot over medium heat. Add chopped onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the onion is translucent.
4. Place beans in pot with the onion and garlic. Add 1 cup water, salt, paprika, oregano and thyme. Cover pot and bring to a boil.
5. Once boiling, reduce heat and let simmer for one hour, stirring once every 15 minutes.
6. In the last 15 minutes of cooking, stir in green pepper and tomatoes (you can add them earlier, but I wanted the pepper to be al dente)
Makes 6 side dish servings.
We woke up early on New Year’s Day, and Joel had pancakes on the brain. So, we headed out for an early breakfast. I had an omelette with turkey, spinach, and swiss cheese, with tomato slices instead of toast.
Wondering why that looks like an Instagram shot? Because it is! Yes, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to get the gf-gf on social media. You can now …
And that’s all she wrote. Happy Monday, everyone!