Food for Thought and Prosperity in the New Year


Whenever I think of New Years, I remember as a teenager listening to WLS AM radio station 89 out of Chicago – doing the top 89 number 1 songs for the year. I would sit at the kitchen table, listening to the great DJs Landecker, LuJack, Little Tommy and Jeff Davis (I had to look up the names but recognized them one I saw them).

My parents would call me at 11 pm to watch the ball drop from New York so we could join in singing, Auld Lang Syne. It was not time delayed, so we watched it live with Dick Clark. I could never imagine being in New York City with the mass of people. Dad would say that it was a pickpocketter’s dream. We would all stay up until midnight, greet the New Year then go to bed.

My mother wanted to set the tone for the New Year, so we would start the day cleaning. She would always make a new pillowcase with simple embroidery, on each New Year’s Day in order to bring good fortune and positive events. At the time, she related that her mother did this on every New Year’s Day. I did when my mother was alive, but have not done this for years. Perhaps I will manage to do it this year. I need all the good luck I can get.

Mom would always cook the traditional Midwest New Year dinner. We would have ham, black-eyed peas, sauerkraut, rice and my father would eat pickled pig’s feet. The pickled pig’s feet were something from my father’s side of the family, representing the prosperity of pork. Sometimes Mom would make them, other times they would buy the Hormel pickled pigs feet from the store.

Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the New Year by consuming black-eyed peas. These beans are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other beans have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another “good luck” vegetable that is consumed on New Year’s Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year’s Day.

My father would observe the weather for the first three-days of the New Year, stating they would set the tone for the rest of the winter. I don’t know where my father obtained this information, but it was usually accurate.

photo 1This year will be the same for me. I will be at home with the Boys; Bob and Jack. We will watch television, listen to the fireworks going off in around the neighborhood and I will think about what has happened in the past year.

My life has not changed much. I got a second cat on the week of Memorial Day. Jack is an American Bobtail, like Bob, but he is as different in color as he is in personality. Bob wants to be petted and loved when he wants it. Jack wants it all of the time. Bob hated Jack_smtable scraps, while Jack will eat anything that is not nailed down.

I have managed to do some traveling over the past year, although not as much in previous years. I made a trip to St. Louis Missouri, driving to Alabama when I got Jack. I flew to San Antonio for Christmas and had a lovely time with my friend, Linda, in San Antonio.

The concept for Triangle Street Eat originated because ‘The Bad Boy’ got tired of ‘The Belle’ and I talking about matters-of-medicine – since she and I are both in the medical profession. He developed the idea to start a blog about food trucks in April 2014. After doing it for most of the summer, I wanted to add more than food trucks.   I commute over one-hour to get to Cary. I did not like spending my entire weekend eating nothing but food truck menu items. I wanted to occasionally go to a restaurant. We argued, fumed and fussed before we agreed that we could include other things on the blog. Needless to say, the s_belle_smblog has changes the conversation among the three of us, as was it intention.

The Bad Boy and Belle want to get back to going to the different food trucks. They live in Cary, so it is easy for them to go to a brewery and sample food trucks during the week. I have agreed to do a food truck event once a month, allowing Bob and Jack to chime in with their comments on the food. I agree, Belle and Bad Boy should get the project back to include food trucks and breweries. Food trucks…and their hungry fans, rejoice!

Wbruce_sme will still be doing other events in the triangle, but some of those I will be doing alone. I enjoy going to plays, musical events and craft markets to name a few. I like the fact that we have been able to broaden our horizons and include more options.

I want to thank everyone who has read, commented on and liked our blog, Facebook page and our Twitter account. Happy New Years; here is a toast to you.

Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns in 1788

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !
and surely I’ll buy mine !
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine ;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand my trusty friend !
And give us a hand o’ thine !
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

mary_smThe Traveler

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