As I laid in bed this morning, thinking about making some of my go-to pumpkin pancakes, I came up with the idea of putting the batter in a squeeze bottle and writing out, 2013. Since Charles and I act older than we are, we fell asleep before midnight , and didn’t get to toast our sparkling apple cider. So we toasted with pancakes! Even though i’m barely out of a week from my last treatment, and unable to go anywhere, we probably would have done the same thing for New Year’s, despite our current situation. It was a lovely evening filled with my favorite Indian food dish, Aloo Gobi(a cauliflower and potato curry…YUM!) and a spinach and turnip dish. To top it off, we had a nice little fire. That’s what I call ringing in the new year!
And boy am I spoiled with a Southern boy for my husband. Today, Charles is making the traditional southern New Year’s Day meal. He first made this for me back at our little studio apartment on Lunt Ave in Chicago. I was so impressed. I had to work New Year’s Day, and came home to a wonderful dinner. For all of y’all who don’t know, the Southern New Year’s Day feast includes, Black eyed peas and greens, cornbread, noodles(usually egg), and pork loin. All of the different foods in this meal symbolize hopes for the new year: Black eyed peas symbolize luck, Greens symbolize wealth, cornbread symbolizes gold, and pork symbolizes luck and health. No wonder there was so much pork cooking! When I asked that good ol’ southern man of mine where the noodles come into play with all these hopeful fortunes for the New Year, he replied, “I don’t know, there just good.”Mmm, It smells great in here already!