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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Lucky Food

I'm curious! Do you believe in "LUCKY" (not YUCKY! HaHaHa) food? Every New Year, my family pretty much eats the same thing. HaHaHa We have black eyed peas for good luck (it took me awhile to acquire a taste for black-eyed peas), cabbage for money, greens for money, cornbread for gold, and pork for progress. Are there any lucky foods in your culture? For what holiday? Inquiring minds want to know. Ok, really just me! HaHaHa Spill it! :P



Heide Padilla said...

Wow! I didn't know there were such things as lucky food. Great post.
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Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

How interesting. Never heard of lucky foods before. x

Mica said...

Such a fun tradition! :)

We don't have anything like that here, although I have inhertited the tradition from my mum that you need to have a clean house to start the new year. Something to do with making space for good luck? There is something similar at Chinese new year (hubby's background) so I try to have a clean house then too.

Wish it was something easier and yummier like food, haha!

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Unknown said...

Ooooh yes we have a lucky food! :D

For the first day of every New Year, almost the entire country eats chicken (or any other bird), because the beliefs is that eating a bird on the first day will give you a 'flying start' in the new year. ^_^ Chickens can't really fly though, but the metaphor is nice! XD

Coco said...

Black eyed peas are so good for your kidneys :-) in Italy we eat lentils on new year's Eve to bring good luck. I love lentils :-) have a great day sweets
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Tina Bradley said...

We do eat lucky food each New Year's Day! :) Here, at our place, we try to include something with cabbage in it. Yesterday, we prepared a huge pot of winter vegetable soup--with cabbage in it. :) It's supposed to bring us luck in our New Year. Hope it does!!! Thank you for your lovely comments, yesterday--truly, made my day! xo and Happy 2014!!! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Lilli said...

I echo Vale, here in Italy we eat lentils and at the midnight, they say will bring you lots of money in the new year!:) Well so far have eaten a bunch but not so rich!:P Need to eat also your lucky food!:) Kisses Kim, have a good day! xo

Anne said...

Never heard of lucky foods before Kim:)

Emilie said...

I have never heard about 'lucky food' but now that I think about it it's weird that this doesn't exist in my country haha! I will ask my grandmother about it - she knows this kind of stuff :p


ALLIE NYC said...

Oh boy I should eat all this by the bushell full I need all the help I can get!

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Rebeca Muñoz López said...

In my country there is the idea that you should eat lentils every Monday so you never miss the food, and there are many cabals new year, such as wearing yellow underwear for luck, but that color is not my favorite underwear, also eat twelve grapes at midnight of the night and ask twelve wishes as you do, this year invent my own kabala, wear a silver garment to shine during the 2014 year-end'll see if I turned out :)


Kashaya said...

Never heard of lucky food before.=)

MaysaAndSunshine said...

My mother in law cooks exact same things Kim. My husband hates black eyed peas and cabbage so I guess he didnt care about luck. That may answer why we are poor...haha. I dont recall any lucky food we eat in my country, that's a good question but people normally go to temple for holy water (the monks will lightly sprinkle on your head as a mean of good luck). Not sure about these days though.

Manhattan Image and Style said...

I have not had a lucky food before! It looks amazing! :)

Happy New Year!! <3

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Sam said...

This was really interesting, haven't heard of lucky food before, I think I need to start a similar tradition here

Mo said...

I love black eye peas!! That plate looks yummy and lucky. ;-)


Emmylou said...

So good to see the site back up, Kim:) And yeah...with Chinese New Year coming up, we're gonna be up the wazoo here with the eating of lucky foods:D Heehee.

BTW, those greens look soooooo good!

Cee said...

The concept of lucky food has always intrigued me - my family doesn't have any food traditions related to luck per se, but I know that my grandma, who was Ukrainian, always set an extra place at the table at holidays for relatives who were no longer with us.

ftashion said...

Ohh! That's really new to me! hehe we don't do that for new year, more for Chinese New Year when we have reunion dinner. Mum will prepare some traditional food which mean all the good things. Hey and happy birthday to your blog! hehe my blog turned 2 this year too, but wow wish we could be achieving much more like u! U are definitely an inspiration for us Kim!
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ftashion said...

Thank you Kim, I'm really encouraged by what you wrote. Big hugs!
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Unknown said...

Heyyy Kim..

Happy New Year my friend. I have been away for a while, trying to enjoy the holidays! But time to hit it again!



Claire said...

i love hopping' john! i make black eye peas a lot. the hubby loves em and i make em when i have leftover ham. i like adding mustard greens to them. i also love all the yummy Asian good luck food, especially the rice cakes!!!


little luxury list said...

Ahh I never knew that about cabbage and cornbread! I know that Chinese and Koreans have 1 month celebrations for babies and Chinese people pass out red dyed hard boiled eggs (hmm for luck or fertility???)
I just like food that tastes good!

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Rachna said...

This is so interesting! I should have tried this on the first of January!

Happy new year!


The Dragonfruit said...

Whoa, I never heard of this tradition! Haha, pretty cool analogy though. For New Year's, my mom's tradition is to put a dollar in all her bags. That way it increases the inflow of money. Hehe, that's the Filipino way!

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Emdem said...

This is so interesting! I have never heard about lucky food for the new year before! :) Happy New Year!

Emm, doodleandstories

The Dainty Dolls House said...

I remember learning about this as a child and we would have the same as well. It all looks so yummy too, not had it in years!! marvellous doll :)) I'll be over soon to eat, hahaha ;))

Chic Delights said...

I never knew these stuff. All we know is that we eat noodles to celebrate a birthday for long life.

Unknown said...

Looks yummy!

birdie to be said...

Never heard of this! I need some luck in the new year!

Unknown said...

Hello sweet Kim!!
I believe in lucky and in a lucky food :)))) In my culture there are a lucky crepe with caviar and a very lucky vodka haha I am russian :)))
Have a nice day doll!!!


tr3ndygirl influencer e fashion blogger said...

this food is very yummy! i love it
great pics!
thanks for your lovely comment darling

Mighty B said...

HA! Love this post, Kim! Happy New Year to you!

It look me the longest time to figure out why I only ate black eyed peas once a year, haha. Yup my mom and I eat our hoppin john for New Years. I've never heard of the others. I did have collards though...green for money?

Thanks for posting!


Oh to Be a Muse said...

No my family doesn't do this, but I think they have fairly similar things related to food and outcomes. But why gold and money? Is the gold more so for jewelry or something?

Oh, and happy 2 year birthday to A Very Sweet Blog!


nancy @ adore to adorn said...

We didn't do this growing up (although it must be extremely weird for people who see me since a lot of Chinese people do have lucky foods to eat) but my husband's family does. =) I love that tradition though and I look forward to embracing it when we have kids. =)

Happy 2014!



mispapelicos said...

Good luck, healthy and wonderful.
happy New Year, dear Kim

Unknown said...

haha this was great.thanks for sharing kim
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Content Director - Strong Female Leaders said...

Hello Kim, I've missed your blog - as well as your sense of humor. Wow that's a delicious plate of lucky. Love the idea. Also, looks like Southern comfort at its best. Hope you had a fantastic New Year!

Sara said...

Hey! Hoory! I can access the blog now! I was so scared that you were gone for good! So happy that you are up and running today, you are one of my favorite bloggers!

This was a cool post! To be honest, all of that food looks amazing. I live for cornbread, maybe I now have an incentive to eat more of it?

Coco said...

Thank you for your lovely compliment Kimmy :-)

Demi Mist said...

I hadn't heard of lucky foods.
I hope chocolate brings luck as I eat a lot!


Rainbow Gatherer said...

Kim, I've never heard of lucky foods, we dont have lucky foods here. but on our holidays we eat baklava and turkish delights.

inge said...

Lucky foodi I must admit I had never heard of this but will remember it

Rumela said...

Very nice post.

sleepandwater said...

What a cute family tradition! I hope all the "lucky" foods bring you good fortune in 2014 :)

Svetlana said...

Thats a nice tradition :)

As far as I know we do not have any traditions like that :(

Svetlana from Lavender Star

Only Yesterday Blog said...

We have that too Kim, ours is we have too atleast have 12 different round-shape fruits for money to keep on rolling for years and we also wore polka-dotted dress or shirts :)


Jenn said...

Woah! I never thought pork would symbolize progress and cabbage for money. In my country, round fruits such as oranges, melon, watermelon, pomelo, etc. are considered as lucky food during the New Year as these symbolize wealth and good fortune. :)

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Maddie said...

We don't have that kind of tradition with food, but on Christmas Eve's dinner table there always should be money, bread, salt & cranberries in order to have a successful next year!


Project Curve said...

off the top of my head I can think of payash (aka payasam aka sweet sticky rice pudding made with milk and sugar/jaggery). At least in Bengal it is considered good luck to eat it on ones birthday.

Unknown said...

happy new year, nice post


Great post Kim, yes for Christmas season and New Year there's are loads of interesting ways people take in the season and share food. I'm always intrigued by that as well. For our family cultures, it's everything from stollen (which is like a fruitcake) to a special prepared lamb roast that my mother's family does, then jollof which is one of the key items, amongst loads of other gourmet treats!

Darcy said...

I've never even heard of this before but that sounds so fun! What a great tradition!!

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

I'm personally not much of a believer in lucky foods but my BF's fam is, so we had black eye peas, cornbread, broccoli and cole slaw for the greens and a queso dip with sausage, so I guess that was the pork!

Unknown said...

Hi Kim,

Interesting post indeed. I wasn't aware about the "lucky" factor in certain foods for the New Year. In the latin community we eat pork for Xmas/New Year and plenty of carbs, LOL will have to look into the meaning other than extra lbs. :)

Have a great week doll!



Ann said...

Every New Year's eve we try to have lots of round fruits at the table supposedly to bring abundance and luck. Nothing to lose to follow such luck enhancers as they say.


Bhushavali said...

Wow! That's unique and interesting.. Never thought of a concept of 'Lucky food'...!!!!
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Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

Yum! I love black eyed peas!
I will have to check with my mom to see if there is anything special in Trinidad we eat or do for New Years!

Ichraq said...

I dont have lucky food! but i really like the idea, even if it doesnt really bring you luck, it'll at least bring you comfort!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Yum! I'd eat these even if they weren't lucky haha. The Chinese believe in lucky food especially for Chinese New Year where certain foods are supposed to represent good fortune, prosperity and bounty. We have to serve chicken, fish and even pigs whole to symbolize a good beginning and a good ending.

Wishing you a belated Happy New Year Kim! I hope your year is off to a fabulous start and that 2014 will be nothing but sweet and happy for you my dear friend! Thanks for being such a great blogger buddy and for just being you! I had forgotten how miserable the flu could be and I'm still taking it easy. Your story about walking pneumonia def. scared me straight.

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oomph. said...

cool...i never really heard of this, but definitely makes sense!

we eat mochi. i have no idea what it truly means, but we've always said that the stickiness means our family will be close and together, so we each eat at least a piece (or more!) on new years.

some people also drink ozoni (mochi soup) for good luck in the new year.

Nails My Dreams said...

Hmmmm. Lucky food here in the Philippines.. There's pancit (noodles) for long life, biko (glutinous or sticky rice) so that good fortune will "stick" to you and 12 different fruits for 12 months of the year. That's all I know. Hihi.

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