Hoppin'_John
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Across the Southern United States, families will eat Hoppin' John on 1 January.

Chris Woolfrey
Chris Woolfrey

The dish, of black-eyed peas and rice, is traditional fare for the year ahead: the peas are said to symbolize coins, and therefore luck and prosperity.

It's also absolutely delicious. Mixed with any number of beautiful things (often bacon; always onion; sometimes ham hock or sausage) and slow-cooked in one pot, it's super moreish and surprisingly good as a New Year's Eve party hangover cure.

If meat's not your thing, Bryant Terry has an amazing vegan "Hoppin' Jean" in his book Vegan Soul Kitchen.

And don't forget to eat your greens! Hoppin' John is often served with spinach, kale, chard, or collard greens; along with the black-eyed peas symbolizing coins, the greens represent paper money.

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