The New Years Day menu is steeped in age-old tradition as well as a little bit of superstition. I don’t go in for superstition but I am big on traditions…and of course the one tradition that seems to unite the world is one that is tied to food.
Food for the Soul…Black eyed peas, cabbage and ham or symbols of luck, prosperity, wealth and health. It seems that the tradition of eating black-eyed peas on New Years Day began in the South in the 1860’s. However, black-eyed peas have been part of the Jewish celebration Rosh Hoshana for hundreds of years.
Our traditional New Year’s Day dinner included; Southern Black Eyed Peas, Grilled Cabbage, Jalapeno Deer Sausage and Cornbread.
“Although the terms soul and spirit are sometimes used interchangeably, soul may denote a more worldly and less transcendent aspect of a person. According to psychologist James Hillman, soul has an affinity for negative thoughts and images, whereas spirit seeks to rise above the entanglements of life and death.”
Tying it all together…
If in fact our Soul has an affinity for negative thoughts and images what better way to overcome it than to rise above the entanglements of life than by lifting our Spirits by enjoying good food that represents good luck, prosperity, wealth and health…there definitely is no harm in it.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy, Healthy, Wealthy, and Prosperous New Year!