Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year - No Champagne for me

No blogging for 2 days! You're probably thinking I went out on the town for the New Year's celebration. Maybe I stepped away from the kitchen for a day or two? Not hardly! Our tradition for the New Year's Eve is usually fairly quiet and peaceful. I do make it a priority to serve a special meal for my family, though.

I did a little research on traditions carried out by my "homeland" countries. Also, I was curious as to what each country served to bring in the New Year. This could have some influence on what I would put on the table this year.

In the Bavarian (Czech) corner of the world you'll find sauerkraut on the table. Its long strands of cabbage signifies a long life while also bringing blessings. The green of the cabbage means more money. Whatever you serve, don't let it be lobster even though it is tempting. The reason behind this is that lobsters move backwards and you don't need any setbacks in your life! STASTNY NOVY ROK or Happy New Year!

In Ireland I was surprised to find out they spend it in a very subdued way. Traditionally, they will go into the smaller villages and ring the church bells. In Scotland the people will show up at friend's or family's house with a drink of whiskey and a lump of coal. Hmmm.

The French know how to do it up good! BONNEE ANNEE or Happy New Year! Emphasis is on food, of course... Foie gras, oysters and champagne with a sip or two of Calvados (apple flavored brandy). And they love their celebrations and fireworks!

In Italy, my husband's heritage, dinner with family and friends is a given. Lentils are traditionally served. Their round shape signifying money and riches for the New Year. I have done that in the past and actually have lentils throughout the year. Does that means more money?! Another "old" tradition is that you must wear red underwear and get rid of old items or habits by tossing them out the window. Can you visualize that one! FELICE ANNO NUOVO!

In Mexico, my adopted heritage, I discovered some traditions that were most endearing to me. They make a list of all the bad things or events from the current year and before midnight this list is burned removing all that negative energy of the past. Their homes are decorated with colorful accents. White for good health, green for money, red for a better lifestyle and yellow for more blessings and hopes for continued employment! I love that!

No matter what your tradition or heritage may be, I hope that you all have a Happy New Year!

1 comment:

  1. Very Happy New Year to you too Wendy! Very beautiful culinary trip around the world!