Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's 2012 Good Luck Dishes - Southern Favorites

When we entered the new millennium back in 2000 some of my Southern friends told me that it was very lucky to eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day because they look like coins and Collard Greens since they look like paper money.  Although these are relatively inexpensive dishes, it's said eat poor on New Year's to bring you luck and eat rich the rest of the year.   It is also traditional to eat pork with the meal because pigs root forward and symbolize progress.  Pork is also very lucky for many Eastern European and Latin countries and they make it a part of their New Year's Day as well. So I created this all in one-pot Curried Hoppin' John with Pork and Bacon to really make it extra lucky.  Serve it with the "Curried Collard Greens" and you can double your luck.
Curried Hoppin John with Pork and Bacon

Curried Collard Greens

For more black eyed pea dishes:

Brown Rice and Black Eyed Pea Pilaf- Vegan Rice Dish

Curried Black-Eyed Peas


For more Pork dishes by Curry and Comfort:  

Smothered Pork Chops

Tandoori Pork Roast

Teriyaki Pork Stir Fry

Asian Pork Roast

Spicy Sausage and Potato Curry

Thai Pork in Red Curry

Sweet and Sour Pork with Pineapple

Sri Lankan Fiery Pork Curry

Thai Pork with Basil Stir Fry

Pork Vindaloo

Sri Lankan Peppered Pork and Potato Curry


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  1. TOTALLY digging the curry + black eyes! :D

  2. Fun post! I like the way you added your own spin to the dishes! Happy New Year!

  3. Both dishes look delicious! Wishing you all the best for the New Year!


  4. happy new year........lovely post

  5. Wonderful post..yummy recipes!!! Have a Happy New Year!!!!

  6. I'm always trying to get those greens in and haven't worked with collards but a few times. You've inspired me to try them with your curry recipe.

  7. Mmmmm...both dishes look wonderful, but I'd especially love to sample your Hoppin' John. Thanks for all the inspiration and support this year! Here's to lots more deliciousness in 2012! xo

  8. Wishing you and yours the very best New Years!

  9. What a wonderful array of pork dishes. You are a wonderful cook! Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

  10. These look great! The curry looks like a good way to welcome in the new year.

  11. I love the addition of the curry to your hoppin' john! I am planning to make the traditional version later today, but yours looks delicious!

  12. Looks great, and I had no idea they were called hoppin John's! I usually get these in the years I'm in the U.S. for New Year's, my father-in-law is Texan, and some friends of his always entertain on New Year's Day. Of course there's a huge crockpot full of black-eyes peas!

  13. those plates look delectable! we generally don't do "good luck foods" here, but we may just have to start.

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