3 Foods for good luck
You know that what you eat can bring health and fitness, but did you know it can bring you good luck, too? Perhaps it's just superstition, but all around the world, different peoples and cuisines will all sit down to traditional foods designed to ensure good luck in the coming year. You may not believe in all that luck stuff, but hey, these dishes are delicious, so you might as well give them a try. Besides, if they do work, who couldn't use a little extra good luck?
Blacked-eye pea fritters
Yields 16 fritters
A classic from the American South, black-eyed peas are supposed to bring good luck when eaten on New Year's Day.
- 1 (12 ounce) can black-eyed peas
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 onion, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 eggs
- 2 tablespoons bread crumbs or flour
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups flour
- Oil for frying
- Mix together the black-eyed peas, carrot, garlic, onion and salt and pepper to taste.
- Beat 2 eggs and mix them and the breadcrumbs in with the black-eyed peas.
- Next, in a separate bowl, mix the other 2 eggs and milk. Pour in the flour and make a smooth batter.
- Make 16 black-eyed pea balls and dip each one in the batter. Let them rest so that they set.
- Bring the oil to temperature over medium-high heat.
- Once it boils vigorously when a small ball of batter is dropped into it, gently lower the black-eyed peas into the oil and fry until golden brown.
- Sprinkle with salt and serve.
Whole roasted fish
Yields 1 fish
An animal that's always moving forward, the fish symbolizes success in the New Year. Also, the scales look like coins, though you should probably get them removed before you eat.
- 1 whole snapper, cleaned and scales removed
- Canola oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup sea salt
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 4 green onion greens
- 1 shallot, cut into strips
- 1/4 cup parsley, sliced
- 1 lemon, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Rub the snapper with canola oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
- Pour the salt over a baking sheet and rest the fish on it.
- Put the butter, green onions, shallot and parsley in the fish's belly cavity, then cover it with lemon.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
Japanese soba soup
Yields 4 servings
In Asian cultures, long noodles symbolize long life.
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup beef broth
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sake
- 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
- 1 onion, quartered
- 16 ounces soba noodles
- 1 cup rotisserie chicken or cooked chicken meat
- Put both broths into a pot with the soy sauce, sake, carrot and onion in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then add the soba noodles.
- Cook the noodles according to the package directions, but about 2 minutes before the noodles are cooked, add the chicken so that it can stay warm.