Vegetarian Times (December 2013)
Do you have a New Year's tradition?
We were smitten with a feature in the latest Vegetarian Times, about traditional New Year's Eve foods from around the world.
Being from the South, we've long been familiar with eating hog jowl, black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year's Day. In fact, we once attended a New Year's Eve wedding in Memphis, and at midnight they trotted out little cups of peas and greens. It was adorable, and we had good luck for exactly 12 months following that night. Okay, that part's not true, but the peas and greens were delicious.
Back in college, Clay had a friend from Colombia who introduced him to a tradition of eating grapes at midnight and making wishes while doing so.
Vegetarian Times doesn't have grapes. But it does include a recipe for black-eyed peas and greens, as well as New Year's traditions we'd never heard of: eating lentils in Brazil, split peas in Germany, black soybeans in Japan.
We went for the Coconut Lentils.