I’m in the money. Had collards and black-eyed peas on New Year’s day.

By N.A. Booko

Pittsboro, NC – Tradition has it that if you eat collards and black-eyed peas on New Year’s day, it will bring you wealth. Collards are the green dollars and peas are the  small change. As usual, I didn’t have a lot of collards and lots of peas.  Had never  cooked them in the same pot before. But in this case, it saved time and propane.

collards and black eyed peasI cooked both in a pressure cooker.

The peas I soaked over night with fresh garlic, garlic powder, salt. The collards were a little old, but still usable. Lately I have have a problem with the peas not tasting salty enough when cooked. Cooked in salt seems better tasting, to me, than fresh salt. Also, I used to cook the peas for nine minutes, but lately that doesn’t seem to be enough. Twelve minutes did the trick. Had them for breakfast.

For lunch i had collards, black eyed peas, cornbread and butter milk. Nothing could be finer. A poor person meal fit for a king.

I bought another bag of black eyed peas. So I will be getting small change for a long while now.


N.A. Booko lives and writes in Chatham County and frequently blabs on the Chatham Chatlist about cooking, gardening and blabbing.