A Lucky New Year’s Eve Dinner

I have to admit, I’m not very big on New Year’s Eve parties. I’ve tried, I really did, but in the past thirtysomething years, I had only one unforgettable that really rocked. So lately we just stay at home, having dinner with friends, popping champagne at midnight, then crawling in the bed around 1.30 am. Here is the question: what do you eat on New Years Eve? Is it something fancy, or do you rather stick with some everyday food?


In my family it is now a tradition to eat stuffed cabbage for dinner on the 31st of December. It’s delicious, but that’s not what I want to talk about. I’m really not superstitious, but there’s one thing I never forget to cook for New Year’s Eve: lentils. Lentil supposed to bring luck, more specifically wealth to you. I know it’s silly, but I do it anyway. I cook up a big pot of lentil stew, and I not only make everyone eat at least a spoonful of it, but also leave a small plate of lentil in the middle of the table until midnight has passed. This is my secret superstitious ritual to start the New Year with. I have no idea if it works or not,  but the lentils are tasty anyway. As for dessert, I would recommend a juicy poppy seed cake. Should I mention that poppy seed also brings luck?


Happy New Year to you all!

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