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Food Tips to Ponder When Whipping the New Year Feast

New Year's foodNew Year is celebrated with a big bang anywhere in the world. It is an occasion when one reflects on the events of the year past while hoping that the change of calendar will bring good tidings. Though superstitions have almost no place in this millennium, those that have bearings to New Year and good luck have perpetuated to this very day.

Tyler Fox, a chef and blogger shares with the readers some of the symbolisms meant to sway the fortunes of the coming year in this post from The Kansas City Star’s Good Food, Good Fortune: Try these traditional recipes to bring luck in the New Year. He writes:

“Many of the customs that have come to dominate the foods of New Year fortunes are broken up into similar categories. A common thread is symbolism in visuals and ideas, be it the shapes and colors that are seen as representative of prosperity or other good tidings, or the actions and figurative significance of certain foods like fish and pigs.”

Finding Meaning

Among the tips that Fox suggested include shape and color. For shape, everything that is in the league of coins is welcome. Some of these are lentils, legumes, pomegranates, grapes, and grains. “Cakes and sweets that are round are eaten as a symbol of a year coming full circle and providing closure” For color, green is considered lucky being the color of money. This is the basis for the Southern tradition and iconic dish of stewed collard greens. For protein, some of the lucky sources are pig and fish. Both move forward with a positive momentum. The fish also have round scales that symbolize money.

With these tips, you are ready to put together a “good fortune” party menu!

What to Eat and Drink as You Sing Auld Lang Syne

“With luck, health and fortune to be had in the food we eat, who wouldn’t want to celebrate New Year’s with a lively and fun feast as delicious as it is auspicious?”

“What to eat?”  For a New Year’s soiree, plan around foods and drinks that would allow merrymakers to move and mingle during the party and won’t tie them down on a seat. Delish in its post says, “Who has time to sit down to dinner when you’re partying all night long?”  The post 21 New Year’s Eve Party Drinks and Foods suggests an array of foods – dips, desserts, drinks and appetizers – that are great for NYE party.

Fox says, “Creating a menu of small bites highlighting fantastic ingredients is the perfect way to allow your guests to roam freely from conversation to conversation with delectable small bites in between.”  He suggests “featuring foods traditionally eaten throughout the world to bring luck and prosperity for the new year…” to be served by waiters in gloves so you and your guests can celebrate in style.

“What to drink?” New Year and lots of good wishes will mean toasts, in fact there will be a lot of them throughout the party, so be ready with drinks. While the French Champagne can’t be surpassed in elegance, settling for sparkling wine that your budget will allow is just as accepted. Craft, carbonated beer and cocktails that just as shimmer with bubbles can be perfect for toasts. When choosing the right drink, Fox suggests that you consider your food, venue, ambiance and guests. He asked two professionals – Jeremy Danner, ambassador brewer of Boulevard Beer and Caitlin Corcoran of Ca Va in Westport. Danner suggests Boulevard’s Tank 7 or Long Strange Tripel as alternatives, while Corcoran suggests inexpensive but elegant and bubbly options, such as Joel Falmet Champagne and Domaine Collin Cremant de Limoux.

Do You Need Recipes?

Fox offers his readers a menu of:

  • SMOKED SALMON ON CUCUMBER WITH CRÈME FRAICHE, LENTIL “CAVIAR” AND DILL
  • GRAPE AND RICOTTA CROSTINI WITH ROASTED HAZELNUTS
  • BEER BRAISED BLACK-EYED PEAS WITH BACON, BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND WHOLE-GRAIN MUSTARD
  • SHIMMERING CHAMPAGNE AND STRAWBERRY GLAZED DOUGHNUT HOLES
  • QUINOA AND KALE PHYLLO CUPS WITH POMEGRANATE SEED AND AMARANTH ‘POPCORN’ GRAINS

Nothing can beat a wonderful banquet of delicious party picks on a New Year’s eve party. If you have more guests coming or you want more recipes, check out what Jamie Oliver has to offer in this post: New Year Party Picks Recipes. New Year's foodNew Year's food

Happy New Year …. Here’s to more food and fun in each dinner table for the coming  year!

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