Last night we enjoyed the traditional southern New Years Day meal with my mother. It is traditional here to eat collard greens, black-eyed peas, hog jowls and cornbread on New Years Day. The peas are to supposed bring good luck, the greens are to bring money and the jowls are to bring health. We laughed last night that the only thing on the plate that isn’t “healthy” is the thing that is supposed to bring health.
It was a nice way to start the year.
We’re fortunate to still have lots of garden goodness. Collard greens are among the goodies still coming in and we have three patches of them.
When I went to pick them, I discovered that deer had trampled down the fence overnight and had been munching on the collards. While I can’t blame them for wanting to eat our beautiful and delicious greens, I wish they’d stick to acorns and grass. We’ve been able to keep them out of the gardens to this point, but as the deeper we get into winter the more tempting our gardens are to them.
I reset the fence and picked a nice basket of collards, with a few mustard greens for some added zest.
They were delicious.
I confess to feeling a little tension as I try to gaze into the future. But as I reflect back, 2012 was a very good year. And it was a blessing to start 2013 with a nice meal with family.