Feast for good fortune

30 Dec

If you’re the superstitious type or, maybe you just hold tight to traditions, it’s possible you’ll be feasting on one of the following foods this New Year’s Day to up your chance for good fortune in 2011.

  • Grapes (Eat 12, one for each stroke of the clock or month of the year)
  • Fish (Mostly a lot of ancient political mumbo jumbo here having to do with ease of preservation and the Catholic church’s forbiddance of red meat on holidays. Fish is said to preserve life; some even place a few scales in their pockets)
  • Pork (Pigs mark progress, as they are known for gaining steady footing on the ground as they move forward)
  • Legumes (Beans swell to a coin-link shape when cooked)
  • Cooked greens (Green leaves look like, and are symbolic of, dolla dolla bills ya’ll)
  • Cake (Bake it shaped like a ring with a hidden edible treat inside – the finder will have good luck all year.)

I’ve got an easy recipe that combines three foods of good fortune. Although, if you used black-eyed peas, the luckiest legume throughout many cultures, you might just hit the lottery next time you play.

You will need:

  • Pork chops (4, diced)
  • White onion (1/2 large, diced)
  • Carrots (1/4 cup, diced)
  • Edamame (1 bag)
  • Cashews (1 cup)
  • Sesame oil (2 tbsp.)
  • Flour (for coating)
  • Garlic powder (2 tsp.)
  • Sesame seeds (as needed)
  • Stock* (3 cups)
  • Soy sauce (1/4 cup)
  • Mirin sauce (1 tbsp.)
  • Salt (to taste)

*Chicken is said to be one of the foods you DO NOT want to eat on NYD – the chicken jerks backwards. Not good for getting ahead. Use pork or veggie stock in it’s place.

You must do:

  1. Heat the sesame oil in a heavy-bottomed pan.
  2. Dust the pork with flour and add it to the pot once oil is hot.
  3. Add in the onions and carrots after a minute.
  4. Once the pork is browned and the vegetables are softened, add the soy sauce mirin, and stock. Let this cook until the pork is tender, add more stock if necessary.
  5. With a minute of cooking left, add the edamame, cashews, and spinach.
  6. Plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

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