Hope it’s been a good year for you, and that 2019 will be an even better one!
Everyone has traditional Christmas recipes - as well as a few old favourites - so I didn’t post any new recipes.
I posted Ma’s East Coast Seafood Chowder as a suggestion for other seniors who might like to simplify the seven fish for Christmas Eve tradition.
Over the past month over 12,000 of you dear folks have looked up recipes in this blog.
Thank you for visiting - I’m glad I could be of help.
I hope you, your friends and families enjoyed the festivities at your table.
There are also a few food traditions for New Year’s Eve and Day.
I’ve heard that some customs will even bring you wealth and luck.
Well, anyway, they’re a bit of fun and fine recipes for when folks gather to celebrate the coming year.
Eat poor on New Year’s and eat fat the rest of the year is something folks say in the southern United States, where they usually eat black-eyed peas, along with ham, greens, and cornbread on New Year’s Day in the hope that the meal will bring good luck and wealth.
Greens represent the green bills, while peas and cornbread stands for coins and gold.
Lentils and beans also promise a shower of coins in the coming year.
Along with American southerners, many other folks eat pork on New Year’s Day.
The thinking goes that pigs root around in a forward motion, so pork symbolizes progress for the coming year.
I know... practically all animals walk in a forward motion, but, for some reason, folks focused on pigs for this good luck custom.
If you’re planning to serve leftover turkey a side dish flavoured with pork, ham or sausage is fine.
A side dish of pork and beans, even if it’s canned, works just as well to get the New Year's luck mojo working.
The Pennsylvania Dutch have a similar pork recipe for success.
They don’t feature collared greens as the southerners do, but serve cabbage or sauerkraut with the pork to guarantee good luck and good fortune in the new year.
In Germany it’s believed that eating sauerkraut on New Year's Eve will bring blessings and wealth.
Before the meal those seated wish each other as much goodness and money as the number of shreds of cabbage in the pot of sauerkraut.
It’s time to really shred that head of cabbage!
Fish symbolize abundance in the new year. Asians feast on whole fish to celebrate Lunar New year, while Europeans eat cod, herring, and carp. The silvery scales stand for coinage.