Steve and a good friend, Ken, are from the South. On New Year’s day they have to have Hopping John – black eyed peas and rice – which is supposed to bring good luck. I promised them a batch. I altered this recipe a bit, and added homegrown black turtle beans, so that we Northeners would have good luck, too. Hopping John is easier to make in quantity, so I invited a dozen people over for a buffet late lunch. At the last minute, while setting out the food, I thought that the counter looked blah. Not at all as festive as a New Years party should be. I had a moment of inspiration, pulled out some egg cups and set tea light candles into them.
A bright way to start 2016!