Saturday, December 31, 2005

First Night.

We attended First Night tonight and I got to see my FAV-o-RITE dance troupe, Tapestry. We were on the second row and could have been on the first, which is perfect viewing for tap dancers feet. There is one guy, Jason Janas who I LOVE. They had a jazz trio and on some of the dances, the tappers improvised along with the music. It was amazing.

Then we parked it right outside and watched the crazy parade. One of the parade groups had done a project where they left loaves of bread on 2005 Austin doorsteps today. The people who received the bread were supposed to bring their bread, march in a group (apparantly dressed in white) and the program said they would crumble their bread at the end of the parade and toss it into Town Lake. We didn't get a loaf at our house, but I saw a friend who did!

After we feed the kids, we'll wander next door to say hi to some friends, then wake up tomorrow and fix some lucky peas to start the new year... here is a yummy recipe for you:

Black-Eyed Pea Soup

3 rounded cups dried black-eyed peas
Ham bone with meat or ham hocks
3 cups minced celery
3 cups minced onion
3 cups minced carrots
2 lb. smoked sausage, diced or sliced thinly
2 Tbsp. chili powder

Place peas in 3 quarts water with ham bone and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until peas are soft, about two hours. (No need to soak peas.) Discard bone, leaving bits of ham in soup. Add celery, onion and carrots and cook another hour. Add diced smoked sausage and simmer 30 minutes. Add chili powder. If needed, add more water to thin. Taste and adjust salt or black pepper. Serve with corn bread or tostadas. Makes about a gallon. Freezes well.

Read about this lucky soup here.

I'm very link-y in this post....
Happy New Year!

1 comment:

elisa said...

Good for you for hitting First Night. We always say we are going to take the kids to the one here but never do. Instead we all stayed up way too late at a neighbors party and the kids clanged pots and pans outside at midnight.