What a year 2020 has been. For some, the extra time spent in the kitchen provided some much-needed solace from the tumult and tragedy — whether it was baking bread, following a viral coffee trend, trying a new recipe or cooking a longtime comfort-food favorite.
Though we’re not out of the woods yet, the arrival of a coronavirus vaccine and the symbolic meaning of leaving 2020 behind is bringing some relief. But who could blame anyone for wanting an extra dose of good luck?
To ring in 2021, we are sharing four delicious recipes that are said to bring good fortune. “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars and cornbread for gold,” goes an old Southern saying. Black-eyed peas are featured prominently here, in a Hoppin’ John from Brennan’s of Houston and an off-menu collards recipe from Lucille’s; the greens symbolize money and wealth. Instead of cornbread, why not try making vasilopita, a Greek cake that contains a lucky coin? And chef Cuc Lam looks forward to the Lunar New Year with her Southern Vietnamese braised pork.
Superstitious or not, it can’t hurt to make one — or all — of these recipes. To top it off, check out the fun food-themed New Year’s lucky traditions from around the world, as well as upcoming Houston events to celebrate a blessed 2021.