Overheard at church this morning:
Mrs. Pennington: David, did you eat any pork and sauerkraut?
David: Not yet. We're having it for dinner today. Some people think it gives you good luck for the new year.
Mrs. Pennington: My brother believed it did. He had to have his pork and sauerkraut every January first. And he had a terrible life.
Mrs. Pennington: Do you believe it gives good luck?
David: I don't know - it just tastes good.
oh yes, yes it does! We ate so hard at dinner today I only remembered to snap photos when we were done. The children come home from church roaring hungry and tired, so I work hard to be sure dinner is ready when we walk in the door.
I roasted the pork yesterday and chunked it. This morning I layered it with locally made sauerkraut, caraway seeds, an apple, an onion and salt. We ate it with hand-mashed potatoes, peas and (shamefaced grin) carrot-n-jello salad. My husband sniffs: "THAT is not a salad." I know: it's a Mennonite throwback to the 50s that has survived in my family cookery because it is such a refreshing counterpoint to the rich, heavy pork and sauerkraut.
Another "good luck" food I've heard of is black eyed peas or Hoppin' John. What do you eat for New Year's Day, good luck or no?