Christmas day may have passed, but Christmas is far from over for us. The workshop is still in production, or maybe even more so. Then there is the preparation for our New Year's gathering. It's one of those events that start small and grow by accident. Many years ago, when I was caring for my father, I started fixing black-eyed peas and rice for New Year's day to bring good luck and prosperity for the year to come. It became a ritual for us, something he remembered from year to year. I introduced it to v. We now crowd far more people around our kitchen table on New Year's day than should be possible. It's an extremely casual event. I may be sitting here, a week from today, reporting our quiet evening around a large pot of black-eyed peas and our after dinner activity of packing the leftovers away in the refrigerator and freezer. We only give a start time. The entire event is just to wish all a happy new year and to have, at least, a ceremonial tasting of the dish for the magic of prosperity and good fortune in the year to come. The outcome is always subjective. No guarantees, but it's a nice way to start off the year and to see some of those closest to us.
In bocca al lupo. m & v