Cajun New Year Meal
Wishes for a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you and yours.
For as long as I can remember our New Year meal always consisted of black eye peas, cabbage, and pork roast. When I was a kid I dreaded it, but my mom or grandmother made sure that we ate it. They told us that it was tradition and we had to eat those things to ensure a year of health, wealth, and luck. As I grew older, it was no longer questioned, we knew what was for dinner. I even started to look forward to New Year’s Day, not only for the family gathering but for the food…lol Even when I may have stayed over at a friend’s house, I was sure to get home before the end of New Year’s Day to have the traditional meal. Call it superstitious (which is heavy in Southern Louisiana), but I was not going to chance a year of bad luck and bad health. It may seem silly, but I am no gambler. Who am I to break tradition anyway?
Once I moved out and was on my own, I still went home for the meal. After getting married, I started cooking the meal for my family. My oldest daughter doesn’t like the food, but I put aside raw cabbage for her and have her eat at least one bite of peas and some pork. I try to season it up some to make it more likable for the kids. I cook both the peas and the cabbage with turkey tasso and heavy seasonings. The little ones enjoy the meal, but I still have yet to get Patience into it.
Do y’all have a specific or traditional meal that is prepared on New Year’s Day?