2 cups dried black eyed peas
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 green pepper chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
crushed red pepper or Tabasco to taste
5 cups water (or more)
1/4 pound boiling pork (you can use bacon or pancetta as well)
2 1/2 cups rice (I use brown, but white is traditional)
2 tablespoons canola oil (I sometimes omit depending on the pork)
Cover beans with water and soak overnight. Drain and rinse when ready to cook. Place first 6 ingredients in heavy pan and bring to a boil, then simmer until beans are tender. Then add pork and rice and cook until rice is done. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve to everyone needing some luck!
There is also a tradition that if someone finds a dime in the bottom of their bowl, that they will have a great financial year as well.
Another thing I am adding to my chances this year is a little service that my church is having later today. We are being invited for a small service to say goodbye to 2008 and welcome a new, hopeful year. At the end of the service, we are going to write down everything we want to get rid of, and there is going to be a fire pit as we leave where we can burn the bad things! I am writing my list, and will take any of your 'stuff' too if you leave me a comment. I figure between myself and you all, we could create quite the bonfire!
But now, I am going to go get my beans so I can soak them tonight.
Be safe, everyone, and I'll see you next year.
Love, Mental P