Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all! I hope everyone's 2009 is off to a good start. We had a quiet New Years Eve, just a few friends & family members over to the Castle for snacks & drinks. Today is a new day, time to reflect on the past year and make the obligatory resolutions or the next one. I make most of my affirmations during my birthday or Samhain, but now is a good time to reaffirm and re-dedicate.

On my hearth will be the traditional good luck Hoppin John, but I'll be serving this without the ham to please the vegetarians, of course.

Hoppin John

1 cup dried black-eyed peas, sorted and rinsed
1 vegetable bouillon cube
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 smoked ham hock
2 bundles of fresh collard greens, washed and chopped
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 14-ounce can of chopped tomatoes, drained
5 cups of water (or as much needed to cover other ingredients)
1 cup long-grain white rice, uncooked
Salt and pepper

Put the peas in a stock pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil 2 minutes, then reduce heat and simmer one hour. Drain. If using bacon in place of ham hock, fry the pieces first and drain on paper towels to remove excess fat. Dissolve bouillon cube in a small amount of hot water and mix well. Place all ingredients in slow cooker, except rice, and turn to high for five hours. Stir in rice and cook one more hour. Alternatively, rice can be cooked separately and served with peas. Remove meat from bone and return meat only to pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with corn bread.


Susan said...

Happy New Year, my friend! - thanks for understanding why we couldn't make it over last night.

Low-key was definitely the order of the evening - it's been that way today as well, as I'm only just now changing out of my nightgown into my walking clothes... and getting ready to pound the pavement for the first time in 2009... :-)

Rapunzel said...

Susan, you were definitely missed! We ended up with only K & K and Kiko and Gina, a very small crowd indeed. It was very nice, but I longed for the times when we spent NYE together, remember? :-)

Michael C said...

Happy New Year!!!

miss*R said...

hmm this recipe sounds delish... must try it sometime xo

Deb said...

And a Happy New Year to you! Sending warm wishes for a year full of happiness, good health and lots of love. Celebrate!

Teacats said...

Happy 2009! We celebrate Hogmany -- the Scots version of New Years Eve -- where we believe that the First Foot in our door must be a dark-haired stranger who brings in salt, bread, coal, money and whiskey! He offers luck to the household -- and we offer a wee dram of the whiskey! LOL! We had a simple dinner out -- and then shared a movie and champagne at midnight with our friends next door. Then our next-door neighbour first-footed our house so that was handy all around! Brightest blessings to you and your family, hearth and home in 2009!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage (just opening her Llewellyn's Witches Calendar for 2009)