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Feasting Florida

Enjoying a sustainable, organic, lifestyle indulging in all Florida's Cuisines throughout the seasons

Here's to a lucky you in 2018

Happy New Year!!!

10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2 1 Happy New Year.

And with those words, a new year is rung in. Time for starting over- reaching towards the dreams and hopes that linger in your heart waiting to come to pass, and the memories and thoughts of the year past that frolic in your mind. Food traditions on New Year’s Day have been around from the beginning of time.

There is an Old Southern Saying:

"Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, cornbread for gold'

Every culture has their food traditions, here are some that are very common, and why they came about!!

New Year’s Food Traditions

Black-eyed peas- shows humility, and lack of vanity and that invites good fortune. Also, since they are commonly dried, and expand greatly when cooked, expanding wealth.

Circular foods- represents things coming “full circle”- so good luck (donuts, bagels).

Coin shaped foods- such as small cookies.

Cornbread- represents the glory of gold.

Sometimes, a lucky coin is baked in bread, or, in Greece, a lemon cake.

Fenugreek- Jewish Talmud to eat on Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) says to eat fenugreek. Fenugreek means “to increase” It is also similar in Hebrew to the word meaning black-eyed peas, which may be the where the tradition of Black Eyed Peas comes from.

Figs- one of the ancient symbols of fertility.

Grapes- In Spain and Portugal, eating a dozen grapes at midnight is said to be a predictor of the year ahead- each one representing a good month.

Greens- such as collards, kale and other braised greens represent cash.