It has been an incredible year, and I’m a little sad to see it go. But I am really excited to see what the New Year brings. 2018 was a big year for this blog. And I’m in Mom reminiscing mode. I don’t know where the time has gone being a stay-at-home-Mom with the girls. Bea will be 5 in a few short weeks, with full-time kindergarten looming. Tilly just turned 3, and these sweet days together are fleeting. So before we get into the luckiest foods to eat on New Years Day, I want to reflect on this whirlwind of the year 2018.
A Look At 2018
In this past year, I had FUN! I got to be on a radio show, have my Eggnog Creme Brulee in a newspaper, and I made it to the final audition rounds for both ABC’s, The Great American Baking Show, and Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship! While I didn’t end up as a finalist on these shows, I had the time of my life! I got to chat with producers, fly out to Los Angeles for brutal and memorable in person meetings, and push myself to the limits of baking.
My Stretchy Salep Ice Cream was trending! And some of the top posts on my blog included my, Earl Grey Macarons, Sri Lankan Yellow Rice, Chocolate Zucchini Cake, Banana Chocolate Marble Loaf, Spicy Margarita, Timur Pepper Gin and Tonic, Better Than Bobby Flay’s Buns.
Ritzy Mom monthly views have quadrupled over the past few months, and I love hearing all of your questions, feedback, and requests!
All of these experiences really made me strive to become an all-star baker and chef, and also to have more confidence in myself.
Thank you all for making this such a memorable and fantastic year!
So let’s get on with what you should be eating to ring in the New Year, along with some food to avoid!
The Luckiest Foods To Eat On New Years Day (And What To Avoid)!
1. Lentils and Beans
The first lucky foods to consume on New Year’s Day are lentils and beans.
Lentils signify financial prosperity. Round like coins, they plump up and become larger when soaked in water. Hmm, sounds kind of bloating, but let’s get puffy on these luck inducing lentils!
Black Eyed Peas are said to resemble money. In fact, according to, https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/life/entertainment/story/2014/dec/31/beansngreens/280269/, you should eat one bean for each day of the year. 365 black-eyed peas in one sitting? That’s a whole lotta beans!
Some cultures believe in eating 12 grapes on New Years Eve right before the stroke of midnight. This Spanish tradition states that these 12 grapes symbolize 12 lucky months in the upcoming year. Mind you, these grapes are to be eaten in the 12 strokes of midnight, which means you eat them very fast. So be careful not to choke! http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/12/28/12-grapes-at-midnight-spains-great-new-years-eve-tradition-and-superstition/.
Of course when I think of grapes, I think of the fermented liquid form known as wine. Unfortunately in my research I didn’t find any lucky New Year’s traditions for drinking 12 sips of wine.
As a pasta lover, I can definitely get behind this lucky New Year’s Food! Chinese and Japanese cultures believe in eating long noodles to symbolize longevity. You have to be careful though, cutting the noodle in any way symbolizes cutting the longevity. In fact, not cutting the noodles is so important, some cultures don’t even chew the noodles! I like my https://ritzymom.com/2018/02/06/homemade-pasta/ al dente, so swallowing these long noodles may not be the best idea. Note that I personally would not recommend swallowing long noodles without chewing!
Has anyone else noticed some of the luckiest foods to eat on New Years Day could be dicey as well?!
Round Baked Goods
Yes! I love round baked goods! Glazed jelly doughnuts, Chai Bundt Cake, Pumpkin Donuts, bagels, all the good stuff! The round baked goods represent a continuous year. Whoever thought of round baked goods as one of the luckiest foods to eat on New Year’s Day was an absolute genius!
Pork is thought to bring good luck because pigs dig with their snouts in a forward motion. This symbolizes progress and foraging ahead. Other animals like chickens and turkeys scratch backwards, cows lie around and lazily stand in place, and crabs walk backwards. Most people agree, you want to move forward in the New Year. Thus, pork is usually the choice of meat as one of the luckiest foods to eat on New Year’s Day.
A bonus about pork is that you can use it in combination with other lucky foods, like Baked Maple Donuts, or in a bean stew. Or add some ground pork to Eggplant Marinara to smother your Homemade Pasta!
This brings us to the unluckiest foods to avoid on New Years Day. Don’t eat anything with wings, so your luck won’t fly away. White foods are said to symbolize death, so stay away from tofu, egg whites, white cheeses, etc. Remember when picking meat, to stay away from animals that move backwards. Also, leave a bit of food on your plate at the end of your meal to show that your year will be one of plenty. Learn about more unlucky foods and when to avoid them here, https://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/new-years/g740/unlucky-foods/.
Cheers to 2019! Let me know what lucky New Years Food you ate. And let me know what posts you would like to read about in the upcoming year. Be Safe, Happy, Prosperous, and Healthy!