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Buffet of Fortune

Dishes to help with luck and fortune in New Year
Written by , published December 31, 2014

friedcabbage

Like many, the New Year is welcomed with a buffet of hope for good fortune. The greens for money, the beans for good luck and more.

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The greens, like the cabbage my family partakes in, symbolize money. If, like many of us, you'd rather not tempt fate, you down a healthy serving to assure good fortune.

Here's the simple cabbage recipe I use and enjoy.

Greens

Fried Cabbage

6 slices of bacon, chopped

Head of cabbage, chopped and blanched

1/4 cup of butter

4 roma tomatoes, diced

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. freshly ground pepper

In a large skillet, cook the bacon. Once bacon is crisp, add butter, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook for a minute or so. Add the cabbage and stir it to incorporate the mixture. Cook to desired tenderness of cabbage. 

 

Beans

Beans (not just black-eyed peas) also represent money, but the black-eyed beans are the most popular.

My black-eyed peas recipe is simple.

I boil pre-soaked black-eyed peas (found in the vegetable section of my grocery store) along with a piece of salt pork, and salt to taste.

You may dice tomato, onion, cilantro and jalapeno, if you like, but I use a legal cheat. I buy fresh pico de gallo (look it has all the diced ingredients I need!). It's also found in the fresh veggie section.

As the beans cook, add about 3 tablespoons of the pico de gallo. When the beans near desired tenderness, I toss in the remainder.   

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Other traditions have been picked up along the way, including the practice of eating 12 grapes - one for each month - at the stoke of midnight. Hopefully each grape is sweet because each grape correlates to each month. Finish them before 12:01 a.m. I have no idea what the consequences are if you don't. :)

Round or ring cakes like Rosca de Reyes are also thought to bring good fortune. In our family, we enjoyed the crispy goodness of round bunuelos - fried tortillas coated with cinnamon and sugar.

Something I was unaware of is the custom of eating pork. Apparently, their habits represent moving forward and their rich, fat bodies signifies wealth and prosperity.

However you ring in 2015, I hope the new year brings you every bit of prosperity and good fortune.

Happy 2015!

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