You heard me...I have my reasons. But I have yet to accomplish it. Mainly because I have yet to meet anyone who knows how to do it and is also willing to share their knowledge. But I'm getting closer--I did get a recent tip from, of all folks, a policeman: avoid the yellow wire. Odd, yet strangely intriguing. Obviously, this saga will continue...
Setting my fifteen year quest to learn an illegal trade aside, I decided to concentrate on a task that is a bit more manageable--cooking. And what better dish to cook than that well-loved Southern New Year tradition--black-eyed peas.
This "beneficial" legume is well-rooted in American culture, reaching as far back as 17th century colonial Virginia, and even ancient Babylon before that. The "pea" has long symbolized health and good fortune, and is traditionally eaten on New Year's Day with the thought that consuming them will bring prosperity for the new year. Far be it for me to disagree--I can use all the health, good fortune, and prosperity I can get! So before we kicked off our year-end celebration, I did a little prep work in the kitchen.
I was able to cultivate and dry a small crop of black-eyed peas over the summer, so those coupled with some of my onions, leeks, and garlic from the garden made up the bulk of my recipe. Here's the ingredient list:
1 lb dried black-eyed peas
1/2 slab bacon
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 leek, chopped
1 med onion, chopped
2T tomato jam (or sweetened tomato sauce)
1T beef bouillon paste (or 3 cubes beef bouillon)
1t brown sugar
In reality, black-eyed peas are only a symbol of good luck. The real blessing comes from using what we've been given, even something as simple as a pea, to enhance ourselves and others. But it never hurts to have a little fun and embrace those positive vibes. And there's certainly nothing negative about eating a hearty, healthy breakfast on the first day of the New Year. Plus, it's tradition! You can't argue with that.
So here's to a year filled with all the good fortune, health, and happiness you can handle. And when I finally achieve my resolution, I'll let you know...I'm sure I'll appreciate having visitors while I'm locked up. Just kidding--as I once told my FBI agent pal, I promise to use my talents for good, not evil.
But pray for me, just in case. Happy New Year!