As the New Year approaches, we were busy today preparing for our lunch rush, I noticed my staff exchanging bags and handfuls of lentils. I had to ask what it was all about. I was told that in Mexico, for the new year, a person should wear something yellow when the clock strikes midnight to bring them luck in the new year. They also told me to put lentils in my pocket, a tradition to bring money in the new year. Because I love to travel, another member of my staff told me that I should pull a large suitcase all around my house at midnight. As I was discussing these rituals with the staff, one of my customers, who was listening in, said that if I eat 12 grapes at midnight, each one representing a wish for every month in the year, the wishes would come true.
My family had their own tradition. My mom would always cook something white for the New Year–milk pudding –and make us eat it on New Year’s eve to ward off sorrow for the coming year.
Well, just in case any of these work, I just bought bright yellow PJs, I am going to fill my pocket with lentil, and I have suite case ready by the door. I am going to make this white dessert that, to my pleasure, my daughter loves, while simultaneously eating 12 grapes.
I hope my daughter will be making this dessert on New Year Eves to her own kids, many many years from now, telling them about their crazy grandmother who ran around the neighborhood New Year Eve in yellow pajamas, freezing dragging a suitcase in her hand.
If you see someone wearing a yellow PJ, pulling a suitcase and running in your neighborhood at midnight, don’t call the police, it is just me.
May this simple white dessert bring you happiness in this coming year.
Cream of Wheat and String Cheese Dessert
This dessert contains five ingredients water, sugar, cream of wheat, string cheese and orange blossom water.
Place the water and sugar in small pan and bring to a boil.
Turn the heat down and start to add the cream of wheat slowly and stir continuously. Make sure that the cream of wheat is well blended and no lumps.
Turn the heat down. You want the cream the wheat to be hot but not boiling. Start to add the cheese. Add one fourth of string cheese to the pot and stir gently until the cheese has completely melted. Continue adding the cheese one fourth at a time, stirring and allowing the cheese to melt before adding the next handful. Cook and stir until the cheese is completely incorporated into the cream of wheat. Remove from the heat.
Add couple drops of orange blossom water, stir, serve and enjoy.
- 3 cups water
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 1 cup instant regular cream of wheat
- 6 sticks plain string cheese
- couple drops of orange blossom water or rose water
- Place the water and sugar in heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil.
- Add the cream of wheat slowly and stir continuously until the cream of wheat blended and no lumps.
- Peel the cheese sticks into thin strips. Set aside
- Add the string cheese one fourth of the time into the cream of wheat and stir until the cheese is completely blended. Keep adding the cheese and stirring until all the cheese is well blended.
- Add the orange blossom water, stir, spoon and enjoy.