I’m in a recipe rut.
Well, that’s not entirely true, or at least it’s open to interpretation. It’s not that I haven’t been trying new recipes. I’ve experimented with one or two each week from the multitude I’ve pinned on Pinterest. It’s just that none of them have made me very excited.
But then there was this. Continue reading
Many cultures have various traditions and superstitions when it comes to the foods served in the first hours or day of the New Year. The best and luckiest of foods to eat, they say, will help you to live long and prosper in the coming year.
Most of the traditions surround foods that symbolize money in the hopes that the New Year will bring promises of new wealth. Greens are popular because of their similarity to stacks of green paper money. Flat beans, like lentils, symbolize the rich wealth of coins. That traditional pork and sauerkraut you’ve served every January 1 in memory? The cabbage (sauerkraut) represents money, clearly, but the pork also has significance: pigs are not only robust, sturdy creatures (and the wealthiest of folks in history were also fairly robust), but when they root in the ground with their snouts, it is always in a forward direction, symbolizing a year of progress and moving forward.
And so today, I bring you a recipe that should theoretically offer you riches in the coming year, based on tradition: lentil soup. Continue reading