Happy New Year everyone!

2010 was pretty great, but I’m hoping 2011 will be even better. In order to ensure good luck in the coming year, I ate a great big bowl of black eyed peas this morning. This is a Southern US custom I’ve never followed before, but hey…there’s a first time for everything. I also learned recently that it’s bad luck to do laundry on New Year’s Day (a superstition that also originated in the American South, I believe), so my big ol’ pile will wait until tomorrow. If you know of anything else I should be doing to make sure 2011 is a terrific year, please share in the comments section :)

Black Eyed Peas with Sweet Potatoes and Greens

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, peeled and chopped
*2 large organic carrots, chopped
*1 medium organic sweet potato, chopped
*2 cups chopped organic greens (collards would be the most traditional choice as they symbolize prosperity; I used cabbage because it's what I had on hand)
*2 cups dried black-eyed peas, rinsed, picked over, and drained
*1 small ham hock, preferable local/pastured- optional (this adds nice flavor to the beans, but you can certainly leave it out)
*5 cups vegetable, chicken, or turkey stock, preferably homemade (or use water)
*sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
*crushed red pepper flakes or your favorite hot sauce- optional

Directions:

1. Heat olive oil in a medium soup pot. Add the shallots and cook for a minute or two over medium heat.

2. Add the chopped carrots and sweet potato. Cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently, then add the greens.

3. Add the black eyed peas and the water, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 1.5-2 hours, adding more liquid if necessary, until the peas are very tender.

4. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then add the optional crushed red pepper flakes or hot sauce before serving.

I had planned to share my top 10 of 2010 yesterday, but time got away from me, so I’ll do so now. These are the 10 posts deemed most popular by Google Analytics (in no particular order). I am happy to see a few of my personal favorites made the list:

Homemade Granola
Homemade Nutella
Chap Chae with Tempeh
Healthy Pumpkin Shake
Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Roasted Tomato Soup
Caramel Popcorn with Rosemary
Sweet and Spicy Pecans
Leftover Turkey Pho
Our First Eggs

Before I go, please know that I am extremely grateful that you choose read my blog. I may not always have time to respond to every comment, but I do appreciate each one, as well as all of the wonderful friendships I have made, both virtually and in real life, because of this blog during the past year.

One of my goals for the coming year is to make sure my content lives up to the title of the blog, so look for many more nourishing whole foods recipes, as well as more focused content about holistic nutrition and green living in the months to come. I am always open to hearing what you would like to see here, so please feel free to let me know about any suggestions you may have.

I wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year, and I look forward to sharing lots more with you in 2011.

Related Black Eyed Pea Posts You Might Enjoy:
New Years Black Eyed Peas from Thru The Bugs on My Windshield
Hoppin John Recipe from She Wears Many Hats
Smoky Spiced Black Eyed Peas with Bacon from Pinch My Salt
Spiced Black Eyed Peas from Babble/The Family Kitchen
Black Eyed Pea Hummus from Kalyn’s Kitchen

More “Best of 2010″ Posts I Recommend:
@Two Peas and Their Pod
@Gluten Free Goddess
@Modern Comfort Food
@Jenn Cuisine
@Amanda’s Cookin’
@Spain in Iowa
@Celiac Teen
@NoRecipes
@The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
@The Daily Dietribe

 

29 Comments

  1. 1

    Diana@Spain in Iowa — January 1, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    Winnie, I am so glad to have met you this year. You have such a beautiful place and one that continually inspires me. Here’s to a safe, healthy and delicious New Year! XOXO!!!

    • Winnie replied: — January 2nd, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

      I feel the same way Diana. Your recipes/lifestyle are so inspiring and I just adore you. Happy New Year :)

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    Jeanette — January 1, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    I like the sweet potato in your black eye pea recipe. It adds color and sweetness.

    • Winnie replied: — January 2nd, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

      Thanks Jeanette. Not nec. traditional, but I think the two go together really well.

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    Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food — January 1, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    You recipe looks simply wonderful to this southerner. In answer to your question above, I’ve got one tip: black-eyed peas bring good luck for the new year, and collard greens bring prosperity, so you might want to get some of the latter too! Best wishes for a terrific 2011, dear Winnie (and many thanks for your kind mention too)!

    • Winnie replied: — January 2nd, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

      Thanks Barbara! I did know about the collards but didn’t have any, so used cabbage instead. Happy New Year to you, too!

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    Healthy mamma — January 1, 2011 @ 4:08 pm

    I’m so glad I saw this! I’m making BEP for dinner finite and have a sweet potato to throw in. Excellent idea thx!

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    Jenn — January 1, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    Your black eyed peas look fantastic! Thanks for the tip about no laundry on New Years, that’s exactly the rationalization I needed to put it off haha :) Wishing you the best for 2011!

    • Winnie replied: — January 2nd, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

      And I wish you the best, too, Jenn!

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    Liz the Chef — January 1, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

    Having grown up in PA Dutch country, we always ate pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day. Can you smell ours in the slow cooker?

    • Winnie replied: — January 2nd, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

      Pork and sauerkraut, huh? I love hearing about all the different New Years’ traditions!

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    Monet — January 1, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    Growing up in Texas and Louisiana, my mom always ate black eyed peas on New Years Day. This post reminded me of her, my grandmother and my sweet family. I am so glad that I found you this year. Your blog, your words and your recipes are inspiring. Did you get my message about your sweet package? Once again, thank you so very much. I was deeply touched. I hope you are having a wonderful day…and good luck with laundry tomorrow!

    • Winnie replied: — January 2nd, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

      Thanks, dear Monet…and Happy New Year!

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    Rivki Locker — January 1, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    Jews share this tradition too! We eat black eyed peas on the Jewish new year (rosh hasahana)!
    Winnie, my resolution for this year is to develop my food photography skills which are now pretty much nil. Your photography is amazing. Do you mind my asking if you have any tips to share with me? what kind of camera and lens do you use? I have a good Dslr camera (canon) but my lenses and skills are better suited for outdoor pix of my kids and scenery. Food photography is just a whole new thing for me. Any tips or recommended reading? Thanks so much and have a great year.

    • Winnie replied: — January 2nd, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

      Ok, Rivki…I am Jewish but know nothing about eating black eyed peas on Rosh Hashana! I will have to investigate that further…
      As far as the photography stuff goes, that could be a super long response. 1.5 years ago I was in your shoes. I had absolutely no background in photography before I started this blog. But I really wanted to learn, so got a canon rebel and spent a lot of the last year working on my photos. I am pleased with the results and really appreciate your sweet words. I am currently using a Nikon D3OO: sometimes with an 18-200mm lens and sometimes with a 50mm 1.4 macro lens. I upgraded my camera mostly bec. I got a great deal (1/2 price) on it… I think the canon rebel was great. When I had the canon, I used the 60mm macro lens all the time- loved that lens. I learned a lot from reading about food photography online and I do have a couple of books, but I learned mostly from practice. I can not say enough about becoming familiar with the manual settings of your camera, making sure you have good light, using a tripod, and getting a macro lens if you can. Get in touch with me on twitter or email if you want to talk further.

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    Lauren — January 1, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

    Happy New Year Winnie! These black eyed peas look wonderful – I don’t think I’ve ever had them before, but the sweet potatoes have me sold :). Wishing you all the best in 2011! xo

    • Winnie replied: — January 2nd, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

      Thanks Lauren…I wish you a very happy and healthy 2011!

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    Iris — January 2, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    Thanks for adding my link! Happy New Year!

    • Winnie replied: — January 2nd, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

      Happy New Year Iris!

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    healthy mamma — January 2, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    First, oops, sorry about the typo on my previous comment, I’m still getting used to my new IPad.
    Secondly, I just wanted to let you know that I made your black eyed peas recipe, only varying slighty w what I had on hand. It was a HUGE success. Thank you so much, I love your recipes and your beautiful site, it’s a big inspiration for me.
    I posted my recipe along w a very delicious Potato-Collard Cakes w Rouille Sauce on my site and mentioned yours as an inspiration. Would love for you to stop by anytime!
    Happy Sharing!
    ~Gwen

    • Winnie replied: — January 2nd, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

      Thanks Gwen! So glad you liked the recipe and I will check out your version…thanks for letting me know!

  12. 12

    Evan Thomas — January 2, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

    Great choices for the round up. The homemade nutella looks like a winner.

    • Winnie replied: — January 2nd, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

      Thanks Evan… Happy New Year!

  13. 13

    Megan — January 3, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Great round up Winnie! I have to try that Caramel popcorn with Rosemary. Sounds like a great recipe with a bit of a twist. Happy New Year!

  14. 14

    Oui, Chef — January 3, 2011 @ 9:54 pm

    Happy New Year, Winnie! Looking forward to all the great food and photos you’ll be sharing here through 2011. Cheers – S

  15. 15

    Lynda — December 31, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    Sweet Potatoes, What is the meaning of having them on New Years Day with your Meal ?

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