Posted by Bob on January 01, 2004
In Reply to: Our whole house smells like pork & sauerkraut now posted by Brian from Shawnee on January 01, 2004
: : I can't remember that we had this custom in southern West Virginia when I was growing up. But I've picked up the habit of eating blackeyed peas on New Year's -- just in case. I knew it was a southern habit, but this article says the Greeks eat blackeyed peas also.
: : Do you folks outside the U.S. try to boost your luck with any certain food item?
: : Dec. 30, 2003, 5:40PM
: : Food and fortune
: : From grapes to black-eyed peas, lucky foods can work like a charm for the new year
: : By DAI HUYNH
: : Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle
: : http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/ae/holidays/2319092
: I believe it's a Coal Cracker tradtition to have pork & sauerkraut on New Year's Day. I'd never heard of it before I met my wife who comes from the anthracite mining district of Pennsylvania. I'm sure it originated with one of the immigrant groups involved in coal mining, but I'm not sure which one.
In Scandanavia, if you eat herring as your first food of the new year, you presumably will have good luck for the year. So, then, blackeyed peas, herring, and sauerkraut ... good luck and indigestion to you all.