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Lucky Food For Ringing In The New Year

Many cultures believe that eating certain foods on New Year’s Day will bring you good luck and prosperity. And that there are also some foods to avoid.

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Cultural New Year’s food traditions for good luck

Many cultures believe that if you eat certain foods on New Year’s Day it will bring you good luck and bring prosperity. Most Italians eat a dish made with pork sausage served over lentils. They believe that the shape of the lentils resemble coins, symbolizing money. In the Southern US, black-eyed peas, collard greens and Hoppin’ John are very popular along with the saying, “Eat poor on New Year’s, eat fat the rest of the year.” In the Eastern US, where Pennsylvania Dutch and Germans dominate the area, they eat pork, sauerkraut and cabbage. In China, they eat a whole fish as all things should have a beginning and an end. In Japan, soba noodles and shrimp are believed to bring longevity.

And some foods to be avoided

new-years-lobsterIn addition to the aforementioned lucky foods, there are also a few to avoid. Lobster, for instance, is a bad idea because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks. Chicken is also discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past. Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away.

Start your own local tradition

The conclusion? Eat as much lucky food as you can, just don’t get too greedy. This New Year’s we plan to eat local: fish from our oceans, meats bought from Ventura Meat Company, produce from the bounty from our county. Wow we feel lucky already!

So get out your broom and sweep away the past – the New Year is coming! And here are a few recipes to help bring luck your way:

Lentil Hummus

Servings: 4

Lentil Hummus

Lentils symbolize money, and they are considered lucky when eaten on New Year's Day. For a sit down meal, lentil soup is a tasty way to serve those little green coins. Change it up and serve this delicious lentil hummus. Serve it with cut up vegetables and fresh bread.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups green lentils
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the peeled garlic cloves in an oven safe pan.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Roast the garlic for at least 25 minutes or until it starts to brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  7. Bring the two quarts of water to a boil.
  8. Add two tablespoons of salt to the water.
  9. Add the lentils.
  10. Boil the lentils for 15 minutes.
  11. Test them and make sure that they are soft
http://idovo.net/lucky-food-ringing-new-year/

 

Portzelky

Servings: 4

Portzelky

These traditional raisin cookies are eaten for dessert in Mennonite communities on New Year's Eve.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 package yeast
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the sugar and yeast into the warm water and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the raisins, eggs, milk and salt to the yeast mixture, and beat until smooth.
  3. Slowly add the flour to the yeast mixture, beating well until a thick, smooth dough forms.
  4. Cover the dough and let rise for one hour.
  5. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep pan to approximately 375 degrees F.
  6. Scoop up the dough by the tablespoon and roll into balls.
  7. Fry the dough in the oil until golden brown.
  8. Roll the finished cookies in confectioner's sugar and allow to cool.
http://idovo.net/lucky-food-ringing-new-year/

 

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