Feast of good fortune: cook up a lucky New Year’s feast with your family!
Can what you eat bring you good luck? Try lucky foods from around the world with these recipes - and get ready for a New Year filled with good fortune!
Looking for a way to make this New Year’s Eve really special? Why not cook up a feast of good fortune together? We've rounded up a delicious group of food traditions from around the world that are meant to ensure health, wealth and good luck. Start a New Year’s tradition of enjoying some of these lucky recipes together, and get your new year off to a delicious (and fortunate!) start! Once your family feast is ready, have fun trying out some of these New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world.
Lots of lucky food traditions focus on circles and roundness for good luck, possibly because the shape of these foods signifies coming full circle. In many traditions, these foods also symbolize the wealth you’re hoping to attract, since circles resemble coins! Challenge your kids to think of an all-circles meal. In the Philippines, you’d start by placing round fruit on your New Year’s table such as oranges, mandarins and grapefruit. In Italy, a special New Year’s dish composed of circles helps to attract wealth and good fortune—try this recipe for Cotechino con Lenticchie, a dish made from fresh pork sausage in coin slices, accompanied by lentils. Or, start your own family tradition: make a round pizza together with circular toppings like tomatoes, sliced bocconcini cheese and pepperoni!
Food that looks like money—especially silver or gold—also helps to attract good fortune in many traditions. In the American South, black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread are eaten for good luck—the peas are for pennies, greens for dollars and cornbread for gold. Fish is a part of many New Year’s Eve traditions across Asia and Europe since fish represent abundance (there are plenty of fish in the sea, after all) and their silver scales resemble money. Try this salt-crusted rainbow trout or lemon-pepper baked salmon to bring a flash of silver to your New Year’s table.
Lunar New Year—which takes place January 24th, 2020—has unique lucky food traditions that include dumplings, noodles, spring rolls and whole fish (the word for “fish” in Mandarin closely resembles the word for “plenty”). Find out more about those food traditions here and here.
Finish your New Year's feast with a lucky dessert. Round pastries like croquembouche or olliebollen are traditional ways to ensure good luck, though they’re projects best suited to young bakers with experience and loads of energy for an ambitious project. Lucky cakes are an easier project, and they're fun for the whole family. Vaselopita is a special Greek New Year’s cake with a coin hidden inside—whoever’s lucky enough to get the coin in their slice gets good luck for the next year—you can also try this variation with an almond hidden inside instead of a coin. If your child is a fan of the Great Canadian Baking show, they might want to bake up a lucky number cake instead. If your family wants to start their own round cake (or pie) tradition we’ve got lots of ideas for you—just top them with these easy cake decorations to make your cake the star of any New Year’s Eve party.
Looking for more fun ways to kick off the New Year? We have lots of ideas for you:
- Try a New Year's family cooking challenge;
- Make some New Year’s resolutions together;
- Take the kids outdoors to wish on a star;
- Connect to your neighbours through sharing a special meal;
- Or, ring in 2020 with a family foodie movie night!