Reflecting on 2021 we know there have been times of strife, but we like to focus on the quiet moments that brought harmony to our lives. You know, those moments that made us grateful to ring in another year. Time with family and friends, a good meal cooked in the comfort of our kitchen and the serenity of realizing a memory in progress.
These are the moments that make us feel lucky. Heading into 2022, we want to continue the lucky streak, and what better way to do that than to fill up on foods that are considered lucky to eat as we celebrate the start of a new year.
As the clock counts down and the promise of a clean slate is upon us, incorporate the foods on this deliciously curated list into your New Year’s Eve menu to inspire good fortune upon those who nibble at it.
Beans are common around the world as a staple in New Year's Eve menus. The theory with beans is they swell when you cook them, which represents prosperity and growth. Black-eyed peas or green lentils are the most common beans eaten on December 31.
Circular foods in general are meant to bring good luck as we head into a new year. Many believe they symbolize coins, and therefore will bring prosperity to those who consume them. Mandarin oranges are a particular favourite in Chinese culture. If you want to feel extra lucky this holiday season, create a centrepiece featuring your favourite spherical fruits.
Delicious crunchy leafy greens are considered an incredibly lucky food to consume on New Year's Eve. The bright green colour of kale, chard, spinach, and many others are meant to represent paper money and bring luck to those who have them on their plate. A bonus to serving leafy greens is that you are cleansing your body for the new year as they are rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
If you need to pick a protein for your New Year’s Eve menu, many cultures believe pork is an extremely lucky food to eat as the clock counts down. Pigs root around with their snout, always moving forward, which is how many believe the new year should be approached.
As the clock strikes midnight, eat 12 grapes (one for each chime) to bring luck and prosperity into your life as the calendar flips into 2022. As grapes are a round food, this must make them extra lucky! Portuguese and Cuban cultures also make a wish for each grape, which sounds like a great way to have a fresh start in the coming year.
We hope these delicious culinary options have sparked a desire to create a lucky foods menu for your New Years’ Eve gathering or quiet evening with those you love most.
At Lineage, we want to thank you for all the support you have given us as we say goodbye to 2021 and look ahead to 2022. We have so many incredible plans that we can’t wait to share with you. To be the first to know about our plans for 2022, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media.
Happy New Year!