Dec 1, 2009

A Foodie's New Year

by Ellen Wilson

MIX! dishes on foods that will give you the most luck in the New Year.

MIX! is opening the door to the New Year and we want some good luck in 2010. The following are dishes known throughout the world for their good fortune in health, wealth, and happiness:

Grapes: The Spanish eat a dozen grapes at midnight to predict their new year.  The sweet grapes represent good months while each sour grape is a not-so-lucky month.

Black-eyed Peas: In the South, eating black-eyed peas shows your humility and invites good fortune in for the New Year.

Lentils: For the Italians, lentils signify wealth because there are so many little seeds in each serving.

Circular foods (doughnuts, cake, fruits, etc): Circular foods bring good luck because they symbolize "coming full circle."

Lucky Coins: Some bake lucky coins into cakes or bread and good luck comes to whoever finds it in their piece.

Soba: The Japanese eat soba for the New Year because the long noodles symbolize longevity.
Cornbread: This golden bread represents gold in your future.

Cooked greens (cabbage, kale, collards, etc): Because their leaves look like folded money, eating lots of greens will bring you good fortune. And good health!

Pork: The pig symbolizes progress and because of its fat content, it also represents prosperity.

Fish: Because they swim forward, fish signify moving forward and also abundance because they swim in schools. There is also the parallel between eating fish and having a good catch in the New Year.

Pomegranate: These fruits are eaten for abundance and fertility.

And there are also two dishes known to be unlucky so we'll be avoiding both of these at the start of the year!

Lobster: Because they move backwards, a fancy lobster dish could actually lead to setbacks.

Chicken: The chicken scratches backwards, which could lead to a regretful focus on the past. 

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