In 2-Minnie Anna (Sister) Dodd Garris 1874-1957, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, FAMILY: MATERNAL LINE (BEE) on December 29, 2009 at 1:41 am

1 cup black-eyed peas.

Place in large pot with ham bone & some ham with about 3 qts of water. Boil or simmer until peas are done.

1 cup rice
2 chicken boullin
1 dash lea & Perrin.

Make sure your liquid is 2 cups only. Bring to boil & simmer 20 minutes.

Use in New Years for health & good brain.

(Editor’s note: Lea & Perrins is Worcestershire sauce — basically, a concoction of white vinegar, tomato puree, onions, garlic, chili peppers, cloves, tamarind, molasses, corn syrup and anchovies. How did it get to be Granddaddy/Daddy/Bob’s favorite seasoning? Note that Grandma/Momma/Bee credits this recipe back to Round O and her mother, Minnie Anna Dodd Garris. What do you think is meant by “health and good brain” — did I get those words right?)

  1. Grandma/Momma/Bee always said that black-eyed peas on New Year’s were to bring us good health. Since then I have read that black-eyed peas are a traditional Southern New Year’s dish since, when you cook them, they swell up — symbolizing prosperity and good things.

  2. Granddaddy had various “loves” – sometimes flavors just appealed to him. He also used to love licorice, and for a time, would put so much pepper on a salad that you literally couldn’t see the salad. It just looked like a mound of pepper. I can remember him saying, “Food is just so good!” So I don’t know that there was a reason.

  3. I think Grandma really did mean “good brain”. Collards were for money, and ham was also for something (I just can’t remember what).

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