Lentils Represent Luck and Prosperity!
My mother Maria would tell us to eat lentils on New Years Eve?...Why
you ask? The answer is very simple.. Because her mother Luisa said
that it is an Italian tradition in Naples, Food ,Love is the same thing and
so is Lentils for good luck.
Maria would take out a big stock pot and start simmering lots of chopped
onions Carrots and Celery (mirepoix) with either pancetta (Italian Bacon ) or
Italian sausage for flavor. Once the sausage was browned and the onions
translucent, she would remove the sausage and serve it on the side. Then
she would add Homemade Chicken Broth, Cleaned Lentils (she would stand
over a colander cleaning the lentils to make sure there were no little pebbles
mixed in ) add strips of Canned Pomodoro tomatoes, and cubes of cleaned
potatoes. I am not sure what made her lentil soup taste so delicious. Was it
her singing over the simmering stock pot , or the shared memories of her
mother making this special traditional dish?
Today we want to share this family tradition with you. With a Vegetarian
twist from her original recipe…. No sausage or pancetta or chicken
We Make it purely Vegetarian, using freshly made Vegetable stock, and only
fresh local vegetables with cleaned Lentils.
And being the inquisitive person that I am , I poured over my mother’s
cookbook library for the tradition of why Italians eat Lentils on New
Year’s?... I discovered it is symbolic .
The lentils, with their coinlike shape, represent luck and prosperity
We all need a Big Yummy Bowl of Lentils to warm our tummy and our heart
with hope of a joyful year to come.
At Marias Italian Kitchen we believe Food and Love ……… Same thing
Wishing you and your families Happy Healthy and prosperous New Year