Happy New Year in Five Recipes

Happy New Year in Five Recipes

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is at an end. It seems to be that as I grow older the years feel shorter and time is slipping away which only means I must use every minute to is full potential ( a good New Years resolution I think). I won’t be going out to any fancy parties or hitting up a club with friends but instead shall have a quiet evening in with myself. I’ll stay up until after midnight ( which is actually common for me) and listen for neighbours who may ring in the New Year with shouting and other noise and all around merriment, I may even get to see some fireworks over the peninsula if anyone does them this year. 

Instead of bringing you a new recipe for this post I wanted to write about some traditional recipes from around the world that people enjoy to celebrate the new year. There are so many different traditions that I thought it may be of interest to some people, plus some new recipes to try out over the coming year. I have created a list of 5 traditions with recipe links attached so lets start the countdown:

Spain: This isn’t so much a recipe but I still think it is a great tradition. In Spain 12 grapes symbolize the 12 months of the year. This tradition is known as “Las doce uvas de la suerte” or “The twelve grapes of luck”. You are suppose to eat one grape for each of the 12 bell strikes at midnight. It is believed that this will lead to a year of prosperity and ward off evil.

Southern Untied States: It is tradition to serve black-eyed peas and collard greens on New Year’s Day for year-long good luck. Specifically the collard greens are suppose to represent dollar bills and eating them will bring you money and black-eyed peas will bring you cents during the year. It’s not know where or how this tradition started but it sounds like a delicious way to ring in the New Year.

Black-Eyed Pea Corn Bread (not gluten-free): http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Black-Eyed-Pea-Corn-Bread

China: Although Chinese New Years is not celebrated until February there is no reason why you cannot incorporate some traditions into your New Year. In China it is custom to eat jiaozi (dumplings) which represent a silver ingot, or money and will bring prosperity to you. 

Netherlands: Oliebollen are a traditional Dutch dish served on New Year’s Eve. Oliebollen literally translates to “oily balls” and are very similar to doughnuts or fritters. They are often filled with apple, raisins, currants or for a modern twist with whipped cream. They are eaten in order to ward off evil spirits and the goddess Perchta who flies through the mid-winter skies. Perchta would try to cut into the bellies of people but because they were full of fat from the oliebollen her knife would slide off the person leaving them unharmed. 

Malta: No New Year’s celebration is complete without drinks of some sort, but perhaps you want something non-alcoholic but lovely and delicious. Imbuljuta is a chocolate and chestnut drink served after Midnight Mass and on New Year’s Eve. Basically it is hot chocolate but with a twist.

I hope you have a lovely New Year’s Eve and I look forward to sharing more recipes in 2015!!
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