Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Years Wealth & Health With Cabbage and Blackeyed Peas

 New Year's Day is not complete in the South
without a big ole plate of
smothered cabbage and black eyed peas.
 Southern tradition is that eating cabbage brings you a year of wealth and the black eyed peas are supposed to bring you a year of health. 
Can't beat a wonderful year of HEALTH and WEALTH
Well I don't know about the coming year,
 but I know that it for sure gave me a week of gas...LOL

 This is our little raised bed garden. 
The cabbage really did well this season.
 Can you see our little strawberry plants?

YIKES...  walked around to pick the biggest cabbage..looks like that little bunny we have been seeing wanted to get a little wealth for the new year.

    Beautiful cauliflower ..yummy fresh
Camo Man has a wonderful way to fix cabbage with Italian bread crumbs and Italian dressing, but I will have to watch him make it and  write it down for you, because he just throws things in the pot.
 But here is another wonderful way to fix your cabbage. 



1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped ham chunks
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large head cabbage, cleaned and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup water
Salt, Slap Ya Momma, and black pepper to taste

In a large heavy pot, cook the onions and ham in the vegetable oil over medium heat until onions are wilted, about five minutes. Add the cabbage, water, salt, cayenne and black pepper. Cover the pot and cook, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes or until the cabbage is soft and tender. Yield: 6 servings.

So pretty on the counter almost hated to cook it.
Does your family have a New Year's Tradition?


Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

Im in the south too and thats exactly what we do. Only time of the year I cook dry peas. I love your little raised garden beds. I've wanted to do that but havent quite convinced the hubby yet.

mississippi artist said...

Peas and cabbage(in the form of slaw) are definetly on the New Year meny here!We have been enjoying fresh cabbage, lettuce broccoli and brussell sprouts from the garden. Yummy.

Clydia said...

Is that what your garden looks like right now?!!! I'm so jealous! It's supposed to be in the 20's here tonight so no fresh veggies for me!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I just cant get past the thought of stinky cabbage but those pecans....YES indeed!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Melissa, you are too funny!! We had the peas, too; but, I cooked mustard greens with ours. Hubby has his raised bed around the back side of the house; and he was still bringing in peppers last week.

NanaDiana said...

Nope-No New Year's traditional foods here but we might start one now! Lovelu pictures-xo Diana