Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Today Al and I celebrated the coming of 2008! His culinary specialty is breakfast so he made pancakes for us this morning… it was a comforting way to start the New Year! For dinner we had the feast of Hoppin' John, a traditional meal acclaimed by some as beginning in the streets of Charleston, SC as it was hawked by a man known as Hoppin' John. Miss Sarah Rutledge of Charleston is also known for serving this meal that everyone "came a-hoppin' for" and first published the recipe in her 1842 cookbook, The Carolina Housewife. Each part of the meal is said to bring a specific favor in the coming year. It is surely to be a good one for me as I ate plenty of black eyed peas for luck and pork for good health! ...pork for good health?? Not superstitious ourselves, we still always have a good time toasting the New Year with this traditional southern meal.
Happy New Year!