Share your favourite New Year's meal (5 replies and 6 comments)
Do you celebrate New Year's Eve with a special meal?
Our longstanding tradition has been to order a feast of Chinese food. While there's something very tempting about that (since it's really only a once-a-year thing), I'm wondering if we should replace it with something else.
This year, on New Year's Day, we're going to a family dinner at my aunt's house - that's going to be fun.
So what do you do?
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New Years Day dinner is usually homemade Chinese Dinner, but this year we are doing Christmas at my folks house New Years day. So for Dinner on New Years Eve we are having lamb chops and all the fancy stuff I can come up with between now and then on a frugal budget. Not to mention we are currently being in the middle of a blizzard...lol. So I only have what is already in the house. 🙂
Hope everyone has a good New Years with your loved ones!!
Stay safe and warm during that blizzard. Do you have back up electricity and lights, and plenty of food?
I have to admit I've never tried making Chinese food at home. I probably should learn.
Here in the South in the US our tradition is black eyed peas and greens, for luck and money in the New Year. I can't get my husband and granddaughter to eat those, though!
Could you share a recipe, Debi? It may seem commonplace to you, but the rest of us don't know to make that.
Wow. I never thought about these being "exotic"! For the black eyed (cow) peas, I just make them like beans. Soak overnight, then drain and add water (my mom taught me to add water to the second knuckle on my index finger; how's that for a measurement?) and a ham hock or other bony piece of cured pork, plus any seasonings you like in beans (minus salt until the peas start getting tender). For the greens, wash them well, remove stems, put them in a pot and cover and cook until they are wilted (you don't need to add water; they will cook in what is on them from washing). Once they are wilted down, add seasoning to taste. My grandma always used a little cured pork in her greens. The best greens I ever had were made by her after she took a walk through my mom and step-dad's cow pasture. She came beck with a grocery sack full of wild greens and even added in the radish tops from the neighbor's garden.. Happy New Year!
I do a lot of home cooking from scratch. We live in a semi-remote area so don't eat out very often. In the winter it can be dangerous to go to the next town for something to eat. On New Year's I don't cook. Instead, we purchase some frozen appetizers from the grocery store the week before. On the big day I just heat everything up and set it out on the couch table so that my husband and I can munch away while we watch the New Year's shows on television. We have made this our New Year's tradition and I like it a lot. 🙂
That sounds like a lot of fun! 🙂 In the past three years, when we were living out in the woods, we used to joke about delivery, but that's really all it was - we were an hour from the nearest restaurant.
We truly do not have any certain meal on New Years Day. My husband usually works so it will be whatever I cook! It fell on Sunday this year so we went to eat Mexican food after church with some friends.
Growing up our tradition was to watch in horror as my dad heated a can of sauerkraut on the stove and ate it all by himself 😝. Now that we're grown we don't have a specific meal for the new year.
I like sauerkraut, but HOT? And I really prefer homemade sauerkraut much better than the store-bought stuff I've seen.
We have pizza for dinner on new year's eve. Up until last year, we'd go to some tiny mom & pop pizza shop and have a sit down meal. But now that we know my youngest is allergic to wheat and tomatoes... we just make our own pizza at home. We also picked up a few bottles of club soda to make homemade cream soda.