Don't quite know where this black-eyed-pea-eatin' got its start, but some say the Good Luck Tradition goes all the way back to Northern Africa, & was brought to the American South by the early slaves. Mrs. Scribe has had at least a tiny taste of black-eyes at the turn of each new year since she was a babe in her Mama's arms, and so have the kids, too. Mr. Fairway has been eating them once a year since he first took up with Your Humble Scribe, when the World Was Very Young.
Our recipe is simple, & has become quite Texas-fied over the years. Dump a bag of raw black-eyes in a pot and cover them with water. Let them soak overnite. Then, add two cans of Rotel...green chiles & diced tomatoes...a handful of cumin and chili powder, 4 cans of water, chopped onions, some garlic and some ham-hocks. Actually, any kind of pork will do, & some years we use chorizo-spicy Mexican sausage-in lieu of the ham-hocks. Then we just cook the hell out of 'em, on low heat...usually most of the day.
Definitely not Vegetarian Food, but this Poor Man's Feast sure is some Good Eatin'!