We are finally here: it’s New Year’s Eve! We are leaving behind a spectacular year, filled with love, resentment, excitement, frustration, tears and smiles. These don’t apply to everyone but sure enough everyone has gone through a lot this year.
Some of you are eager to finish this year and move on to the next one, hoping it will be better. Others miss this year and hope to have one at least as great as the one that has passed. Hope is the only thing that should keep us motivated to move forward and make 2015 our year. Besides hope there is also a big of superstition in line. What should you wear or eat on this magical day if you want to have success in the year to come?
Do You Know What New Year’s Foods are Lucky ?
1. Round fruits – this is a popular New Year’s tradition around the world although it varies according to location. For instance while in the Philippines is customary to eat 13 pieces of fruits (13 is considered lucky), in Europe or the US people eat 12 pieces symbolizing each month of the year. Why? For good luck!
2. Beans – just like their friends above, beans symbolize money. More specifically, coins. It doesn’t matter if you go for lentils, black-eyed peas or normal beans. These amazing sources of fiber will soak up that champagne and make you dance the whole night.
3. Greens – it isn’t so hard to figure why people would be so keen on eating green vegetables or fruit on New Year’s Eve. It’s because of their striking resemblance to money. Apparently if you eat a large amount of greens you will be wealthy all year long. And healthy I might add!
4. Long noodles – in the Asian countries eating long noodles is a sign of longevity and abundance. But it is important to know how to cook them because they shouldn’t be shortened or broken during the cooking process.
5. Pork – I completely agree with this point. And if you’ve made sure you did your cleansing ritual after Christmas I guess it’s safe to say that you deserve a piece of pork. In lots of European countries pig stands for progress. One of the reasons might be because pigs never move backwards. This is something we should learn from them!
And since it’s it’s New Year’s Eve maybe you’ll want a suggestion on what to have for dinner tonight!
Pork and Sauerkraut
|4 lbs pork roast|
|16 ounces sauerkraut|
|1 onion, chopped|
|1 apple, peeled and chopped|
|4 garlic cloves, chopped|
|1/2-1 cup brown sugar|
|salt and pepper|
How to prepare?
1. Start by combining the sauerkraut with onion, apples, half of the garlic, brown sugar, pepper and salt. Put this in a pan that was previously sprayed with some cooking spray.
2. In the middle of the sauerkraut make a small hole and put the roast there. Season it with pepper and salt and add the remaining garlic. You can also put some brown sugar on top.
3. Put this combination in the oven at 350 degrees for 3 hours or so. When it’s close to the end (about 30 minutes before taking it out of the oven) remove the cover and let it brown a bit. It’s simple to prepare and it’s incredibly delicious!
Happy New Year!