Have you ever thought about how much we wish for luck to be on our side when the old year moves aside to welcome the new one? There are so many traditions all over the world to help us with this! In Greece we crack open pomegranates, walk into a home using your right leg, hide a gold coin in the special New Year cake, fill the whole house with good luck charms and exchange countless good wishes for health, happiness, prosperity and of course for good luck – that we all want to have on our side especially at the beginning of each New Year!
Keeping all this in mind, I decided to suggest some New Year Brunch recipes that will be delicious as well as… lucky! ;-) Don’t just take my word for it… It’s tradition talking! Traditionally speaking.. some foods are luckier than others. Which ones are they? Well… let’s see…
The Spanish and the Portuguese eat 12 grapes as soon as the clock hits midnight and it becomes the New Year. Each grape corresponds to each month of the year. To be exact, they eat one grape each time the clock tolls! Believe me, it’s as easy as that… With this in mind, I’ve prepared two great recipes with grapes – so that you can be the lucky ones! ;-)
- Round shaped foods…
…a shape that symbolizes the perfect, continuous, uninterrupted cycle of the whole year… The circle of life… and other things which we may not completely understand but this idea is definitely in our best interest… because please let me know who wouldn’t want to add homemade donuts, bagels and grape must cookies to their New Year Day brunch menu??!
The little pig may not be so lucky but it is said that it brings luck to others – especially when it is consumed on the New Year… Why? Well because it is quite pudgy! Yes, this is the exact reason it is considered to be synonymous with prosperity and quite lucky if you enjoy it on these special days, cooked any way you like…
In Greece, tradition calls for a pomegranate… sacrifice… at the alter of good luck! The person chosen to enter a house with his right foot, which is also done for good luck (Be careful! According to the Swedes, this man should NOT be tall, dark and handsome… !) and breaks open the pomegranate as soon as he enters the home. The more pomegranate seeds fall onto the floor, the more luck they bring! If you decide to honor the pomegranate in your kitchen, you good luck percentage may be even greater! :-)
Yes, yes.. your eyes are not playing tricks on you! The humble lentils (which are really anything but humble, as far as their nutrients and flavor are concerned) in Italy and in Brazil, are synonymous to good luck since they resemble…. coins!!! I actually won’t give you recipes with lentils for your New Year’s Day brunch but I will teach you how to boil lentils in the right way. Here are also some recipes that you can cook again and again all year round!
- New Year’s Day Cake - Vasilopita
The Greek New Year’s Day cake is called Vasilopita and it has a gold coin hidden in it! If you are the lucky one who finds it you will have good luck on your side all year round… if you don’t find it, you will have good taste on your side since you can have an extra piece as a consolation prize! Here are two sensational recipes for New Year’s Day cake and one extra recipe that you can make with any leftover cake that couldn’t get any better!!!
Wishing you a wonderful, lucky and tasty New Year everyone!