Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Welcoming the New Year...



Originally uploaded by Frums Glass Menagerie
...with legumes?

My father, now 82, was raised in New York State, to parents of Dutch/German/Swedish descent. As a child, his Mom would wake he and his sister at the stroke of midnight, to usher in the New Year by eating lentil soup. Can you imagine? While I like most legumes, in moderation, I am grateful my parents did not perpetuate this tradition.

Discussing family traditions among online friends tweaked my interest. I spent some time looking up what is found on the New Year's Day table and the origins of these foods. To name a few; legumes resemble money or coins, thus eating them brings good luck and fortune. Likewise for greens. Pigs forage for their food by moving forward, so eating pork moves one forward in the New Year. Cows stand still and birds move backward and forward, so stay away from beef and poultry.

Breaking personal traditions, I made red lentil soup for New Year's Day. I saved a few lentils to photograph my first pendant of 2010. The white sighthound is taking time to smell a flower. I'm hoping everyone enjoys a healthy and happy new year.

5 comments:

2 Raven Chicks said...

I had a severe hankering for some black-eyed peas on New Years Eve!

Love that hound pendant!

FrumsGlass said...

Thanks so much. I like black-eyed peas too.

Scrivener's Retreat said...

Black-eyed peas are traditional in Louisiana for good luck, and cabbage for money. I may be wrong, and the whole country does it that way, but my boyfriend wasn't aware of it. I made him get me the best black-eyed peas for the first.

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LisaBongZee ~ Island Dream Life said...

My inlaws (Japanese) always eat black beans on New Years for good luck. We also light firecrackers by each door to "ward off the bad spirits".

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Aloha.