Aside from setting an Intention and making Resolutions,
I like to pack the beginning of the New Year with all the Good Luck I can!
And that comes in the form of
Black Eyed Peas, Ham Hocks and Collards
1lb. Dried black eyed peas ( soaked over night in water)
1 large or 2 small ham hocks
1/2 large onion studded with 3 cloves
6 cups water
2 bunches collard greens, washed, destemmed and cut into 1 inch ribbons
1/2 large onion diced large
1 Leek, cleaned and sliced thin
3 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
1/4 tsp Allspice
Black Pepper, freshly ground
2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
In a heavy bottomed 7-8 quart pot (I use a 7 quart Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron pot) place the Ham Hock, 1/2 onion with cloves and soaked Black Eyed Peas. Cover with water, add Allspice and bring to a slow boil. Skim. Turn heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Add a little Salt and Pepper to taste. Take off the heat and let sit, covered.
Using a large skillet, add 3-4 Tblsp Olive Oil. On medium low heat, sauté diced onions and leeks until soft. Add garlic and sauté for a few minutes more. Add Salt, Pepper and Cayenne to taste. Finally, add Collards, combine and sauté until wilted.
In the meanwhile, take all the Ham off the bones and break into chunks, placing on a plate. With a large slotted ladle, take the Black Eyed Peas from the liquid and add to skillet. Add the Ham as well. Add 3 large ladles of liquid to skillet (+\_ 1-1 1\2 cups). Simmer for 20 minutes, adjust seasonings with salt, pepper, hot sauce, and Apple Cider Vinegar. Turn off the heat and let sit until ready to serve. The flavors develop over time making it even more delicious later in the day or the next day.
When it comes to the ingredients I use, I look for the freshest possible and organic. My husband always laughs at this organic craze, as he calls it, asking the poignant question, “why are we paying more for what should have been available to us all along?”. For the Ham Hocks, I am so fortunate to be within a short distance from an Old World German butcher.
At Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad, California they smoke their own Hams, Sausages and of course, Ham Hocks.
If it is Good Luck we are After, I say let’s CREATE IT!!!
Focusing on the Potentialities of the Life seems much more effective a tool rather than focusing too much on the Pitfalls.
Never was this so true for me, as I sit here writing with the flu.
It seems this Flu has affected ever so many this year.
I could feel this Blooming last Friday, as I was talking to a friend. One minute I had just a small headache, which I never get, and the next I was chilled with a fever and very itchy and watery eyes.
Let me know your thoughts about Flu Shots!
Yea or Nay
It’s My Turn!!!
Instead, I will focus on the previous weekend when we were all feeling Well. Living in SoCal rarely affords us the chance of snow. So, we have become adept at chasing the Weather. A Day Trip to Julian, California through Mt. Laguna provided us with much laughter and SNOW!!! We headed straight out Route 8 and took the Sunrise Highway. This is a Beautiful Scenic Highway through the Cleveland National Park. Along the way I spied many fallen Pine Cones. It has been a thought of mine for sometime to make a Pine Cone Wreath. I was driving during the first part of the trip, so that meant I could stop as often as necessary to collect those Pine Cones to my heart’s content.
Does anyone else have a husband who doesn’t stop Along the way?
All I can say is that my Dad was the exact same way!
That’s why I Always Drive for Part of the Trip!!!
We did find enough good packing Snow for Snowballs and Sledding! After all, that was the Main Mission. Ok. I realize that this is not a Major Snow Fall, but for a Day Trip from Sea to Mountain in So Cal, it was Exhilarating!
As we headed further North towards Julian, we stopped one more time to pick up some very interesting branches. I have a vision for some exterior Wall Art come Spring.
Let’s see what I come up with!
This outfit was perfect for the colder temperatures we experienced throughout the day. I was all layered up in tights and a synthetic winter tee with a flannel Anna Sui top with big bell ruffled sleeves popping out!
It was a fun, playful look, and perfect for the Day’s Adventures! We stopped for a light lunch because our main focus was on Dessert!
Julian Apple Pie with Ice Cream and Hot Coffees to Go
We chased the Snow, Gathered found things along the way and got outdoors to enjoy the best of what Life is all about. A day like this with the ones you love is a potent recipe for Memory Making and a little Good Luck, too!