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Grandmother loved to explore a lot of cuisines, which is why the ones she passed to the next generation are combinations of flavors around the world. When we celebrate New Year’s, our feast table is a melting pot of all the delicious food around the world. There’s always seafood paella, a type of pasta, roasted pork, beef stew, salad, a chocolate-based dessert, and sushi (my favorite). Along with the dishes came the beliefs. For example, you shouldn’t cook anything with chicken because chickens fly and that means your fortune might fly away. Or you should place sticky food on your table for luck to stick on you like rice-based food. One of the traditional meal that never fails to be included in our table is the Hoppin John. It symbolizes prosperity and money.
These stories are passed on to the next generation. Just last New Year’s, my niece was a bit sad because her favorite cousins weren’t able to come. My cousin, her aunt, was sick and couldn’t really take the journey. My niece was quiet the whole night. She only brightened up when she heard the story about the Hoppin John. Later that night, when everyone was enjoying the meal, she was heard wishing from her bowl of soup. She wished for my cousin to get well so we can finally see them again. It wasn’t what the Hoppin John is really all about, but well, it was a touching gesture.
Recipe courtesy of the Southern Lady Cooks. Image courtesy of Vegan Food That Doesn’t Suck.
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