With each passing day, the end of December festivities are approaching! And when you remember that, it’s hard not to think about New Year’s and Christmas dinner, isn’t it? If you’re looking for tips to prepare this celebration, you’ve come to the right place! The following text is packed with decorating suggestions, recipes and superstitions for the date!
Decoration for the New Year’s Supper Table
To make a table decoration for New Year’s dinner, you should already imagine the main color that we are going to suggest, right? of course the White can not miss this party! But in addition to it, you can include other shades like silver and gold.
These tones appear mainly in dishes, sideboards, towels or in napkin holders.
Arrangements and Candles
Some of the most used items when decorating the New Year’s supper table are the candles and the flowers. And if you want to innovate, you can even combine these items with bottles and glasses, for example!
Superstitions: What is the Symbology of Food?
One of the most interesting superstitions on this list concerns grapes! Since 1909, the Spaniards believe that if you eat 12 units when the clock strikes midnight, each one will represent a month of the following year. In other words, if the first one you eat is sweet, January will be a good month. On the other hand, if Friday is bitter or sour, June can be tricky.
If you want to have a lot of money in your wallet next year, be sure to eat more than one type of vegetable during supper!
Let’s talk about the main grains that can’t be missing from your supper: a Lentil it’s the rice. Eating the first one at New Year’s dinner is believed to draw money into the wallet. Some even say that, especially in Brazil and Chile, it should be the first food to be consumed. The second is related to abundance, richness and fertility. In addition, for some countries like Denmark, Lebanon, Korea and Japan, rice also brings a lot of luck for those who consume it! Another interesting superstition concerns the pea. Some people say that to get lucky, you must eat 365 of them, one for each day of the following year.
Some Asian countries believe that this mass is synonymous with a long life. And they also say that on New Year, the ideal is not to cut your noodles, because with that, you will be a lucky person all year long!
Meat and Poultry
Are you thinking about the proteins that will serve in your supper? So know that no birds that peck backwards should appear on the menu. Some cultures believe they represent setbacks in life. On the other hand, a good idea is to serve pig! This animal is a symbol of abundance and prosperity. Some cultures even say that this item should always be at the center of the table.
Candied and Dried Fruits
Eat fig, apple, plum, apricot and peach it may be just what you needed for you to have luck and plenty next year!
It is quite common to find this food in New Year’s meals. This is because many cultures believe that fish are synonymous with good vibes. Therefore, in Switzerland, this traditional dinner has a large number of seafood dishes. In Japan, they say that this item is related to fertility.
Here, two superstitions are valid. One of them says that if you eat the fruit and keep 7 seeds of it in your wallet, it will guarantee a lot luck and cash to 2018. In addition, some cultures even claim that eating a few seeds helps a couple get pregnant!
Of course, the sparkling wine! This tradition arrived with the Christian religions. They claim that this drink represents life and wisdom. Also, they are made from grapes, which they call luck and prosperity. Just don’t forget one important detail: it must be consumed in crystal bowls, to purify the energies!
Easy Recipes for New Year’s Eve
Now the best time has come, that of delicious recipes! And of course we couldn’t leave out the aforementioned lucky foods. And since they say that lentils are the first thing you should eat for supper, how about making a salad with them?
For a dish full of good vibes and that calls for money, you can’t miss lentils and cod!
Lentil and Cod
To prepare this recipe by chef Carla Elage, you will need:
- 500g of lentils;
- 2 onions (1 grated and 1 chopped);
- 4 cloves of garlic squeezed;
- 2 tablespoons of canola oil;
- 350g of desalted cod;
- 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil;
- 1 American lettuce;
- 1 tomato-pear tray;
- Parsley to taste.
To start, cook the lentils in 2 liters of water. Leave until soft and set aside. Saute the canola oil, 1 clove of garlic and the grated onion. Add the lentils, leave for 5 minutes and add salt. Then take it to the fridge. Then, boil the cod and set aside. Saute the oil and 3 cloves of garlic. When browned, include the chopped onion. Then add the cod, add a pinch of salt and take it to the refrigerator. Separate, wash the lettuce and place on a platter. Add the lentils and cod and use the tomato and parsley to decorate the dish.
Now that you’ve got a delicious salad for your New Year’s dinner, how about a recipe to be one of the main dishes?
Tender with Fruits and Passion Fruit Sauce
To prepare this dish by chef Valdinei Caetano, you will need:
- 500g of tender;
- 4 slices of pineapple;
- 1 sleeve;
- 1 apple;
- 1 pear;
- 5 prunes;
- 200g of sugar;
- 200 ml of passion fruit juice;
- 30g of butter.
First, bake the tender for 30 minutes. When it’s ready, slice it, chop the fruits and intersperse them with the meat. In a saucepan, add the passion fruit juice, sugar and butter and let it reduce until it turns into a syrup. Put the liquid on top and serve!
A recipe that means a lot to Japanese people! According to them, Ozoni soup brings happiness all year round and it should be consumed on the first day of the year. Each family has a way to prepare this dish, but it follows a recipe taken from Japan in Focus. The ingredients are:
- 1 liter of water;
- 2 teaspoons of light soy sauce;
- 1 tablespoon of sake;
- 10 centimeters of dried seaweed;
- 4 or 5 whipped rice dumplings;
- Thin slices of turnip;
- Japanese spinach;
- Chives cut into strips;
- 1 teaspoon of hondashi.
To start, place the seaweed in a container with water and leave it submerged for 3 hours. Boil water, add the Japanese spinach and remove it right away. Cook the already cut turnip. Boil the water with the seaweed and then remove the plant. Add the soy sauce, hondashi, sake, turnip, rice balls and a little salt. Cook for a maximum of 5 minutes. Finally, add the spinach and chives over the soup.
And to close the New Year’s dinner, of course, delicious desserts cannot be lacking! But the following recipes are a little out of Brazilian culture. After all, we also want to show you some of the customs of other countries. That’s why you’ll learn how to make vasilopita, a buttery cake made by the Greeks to celebrate the turn. Besides it, you will also meet kransekake, very common in Norway and Denmark!
This cake is very common in Greece, especially for New Year’s Eve. And the reason is simple! Bakers put a coin in the sweet. The owner of the house cuts and distributes the pieces among the guests, starting with the oldest. Whoever wins the coin will have a very rich year!
If you want to bet on this tradition this year, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 coin;
- 6 eggs;
- 4 cups of flour;
- 2 cups of sugar;
- 1 cup and a half of milk;
- 1 cup and a half of melted butter;
- 1 cup of chopped almonds, skinless;
- 2 ½ tablespoons of baking powder;
- Skinless whole almonds;
- Pieces of nougat.
To start, mix in the flour, eggs and yeast. Then add the butter and sugar and beat until the mixture is creamy. Add the almonds, nougat and milk. Grease a round baking pan, pour in the dough and hide the coin. Preheat the oven to 150º C and let it bake for 1 hour.
To decorate the candy, you can use almonds to write the new year ahead.
This sweet is more different from what we are used to in Brazil. Its name means wreath cake, perfectly describing the kransekake. To make these stacked bows, you will need:
- 4 whites;
- 300g of ground almonds;
- 350g of powdered sugar;
- Lemon juice.
To start, put 300g of sugar in a bowl and add the almonds and egg whites. After mixing the dough, make four rings with it. You can even make one smaller than the other to form a pyramid later. Place them in a greased container and place in the oven (pre-heated to 180º C). When they are golden, remove and let cool. To form the frosting, you must mix 50g of sugar with the lemon juice. Finally, place one ring on top of the other, pour in the frosting and sprinkle with sugar.
With so many delicious recipes, you are sure to have an even more amazing New Year’s supper. And that way, you can start 2018 on the right foot! If you want more tips for this celebration, you can check out our texts on wonderful and simple decorations for the date. Do you know any…