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What are you going to eat on New Year's Eve?





Vanilla
I don't know how it is in another countries, but here in Brazil the food we eat in New Year's Eve is serious business. Some people believe that eating some foods (grapes, pork, lentil) will bring fortune while when you eat things like chicken you are in some serious trouble.

This year I've decided on a more neutral menu, I'm going to cook shrimp! So, what are you going to eat in new year's eve? Is there food traditions where you live?
Nick2008
Currently I live in the United States but being originally from Russia, New Year's is the holiday of the year. It's more important to us than Christmas or any of the national holidays.

Food is a huge component of the New Year's celebration. The feast usually runs a very long time (from 6PM to 1AM/2AM) and the table can be overwhelming to those who've never experienced a "Russian table." Dishes usually begin with some cold foods and zakuski (small appetizers), such as "Salat Olivier" and "Vinegret." Guests are free to eat anytime they want, the table is always full. A variety of other dishes are added throughout the night. We try to fill the table as much as possible because the idea is that the table should be full and abundant in order to invite an abundant year. The main dish of the night comes out around 8PM and usually consists of some kind of meat. A very juicy and savory type of shish kebab known as Shashlik is a family favorite:



Guests are free to continue snacking on the zakuski after the main dish while drinking alcoholic drinks such as beer, wine, champagne, or vodka. For members who don't drink or are too young to do so, traditional desserts are often made. For those who don't like sweets there are blinis with red or black caviar but those who have a sweet tooth may find themselves eating quite a few slices of "Napoleon," a homemade cake that takes an entire day to prepare:



In terms of the festivities themselves, it is very important to be upbeat and cheery. A lot of laughing, music, and dancing is usually involved and it is not uncommon for the dinner table to turn into a dance floor after everybody is full (around 1AM). There's a saying that the way you celebrate New Year's is the way the upcoming year will turn out for you, so it is crucial to make the best of it. Very Happy
deanhills
Mine is going to be a surprise as I've been invited to dinner at a host who is famous for her great cooking. So will report back on New Year's. Am really looking forward to the evening. I've got a severe shortage of alcohol in my system too. So probably will have to be put on a drip as well. Very Happy

Hope you have a fantastic shrimp dinner. I like shrimps in paella. And just thinking about that, haven't had a paella in ages! Sort of real celebration food.

Nick, those dishes have me hungry right now. Looks pretty awesome.
XchaosX
What ever mom cooks that's what I'm eating on New Years EVE
Cosmoslayer
Just some fast foods. Sad
Peterssidan
Potato wedges and meat with mushroom sauce (chanterelle).
Vanilla
What I loved about your Russian table is that you can eat anytime. Here we only have one meal (our New Year's Eve Supper) but we have a lot of appetizers. Usually we eat nuts, grapes, raisins and lentil while we wait for the big dish. And of course we drink champagne, but other drinks like caipirinha (national treasure, made with cachaça, lemon, ice and sugar!) and beer are pretty common too! Since it's summer here, we tend to drink a lot of refreshing beverages.

Here's the dish that I made last night, [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobó_de_camarão]shrimp's bobó[/url]. This is a very Brazilian dish and I love it. If you ever come to visit Bahia, be sure to try it. Very Happy



And for dessert we had ice cream because yeah... The temperature is above 30ºC even during the night...

Nick2008 wrote:
Food is a huge component of the New Year's celebration. The feast usually runs a very long time (from 6PM to 1AM/2AM) and the table can be overwhelming to those who've never experienced a "Russian table." Dishes usually begin with some cold foods and zakuski (small appetizers), such as "Salat Olivier" and "Vinegret." Guests are free to eat anytime they want, the table is always full.


What if I tell you that we have a dish here in Brazil pretty similar to your Olivier Salat? Too bad we're not creative, because we named the dish mayonnaise! Same ingredients, but we gave the dish the same name as the dressing hahaha! Mayonnaise here is typical Sunday food, we make it to go with roasted chicken or barbecue.
deanhills
The Bobó_de_camarão dish looks to die for Vanilla. Is it spicy with curry? And do you serve it with rice?
Vanilla
deanhills wrote:
The Bobó_de_camarão dish looks to die for Vanilla. Is it spicy with curry? And do you serve it with rice?


No, not curry. We use a variety of chili peppers to make it very spicy (but I do not like spicy things so I make just the mild version Smile). The orange color is caused by tomatoes and we serve it typically with white rice.
inuyasha
The New Year's Day is not that special here. The traditional New Year's Day in China, namely the Spring Festival remains the most important. So our New Year's Day is usually in February, according to the lunar calendar.
But we will still have celebrations. Very Happy
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