What is your New Year Tradition? Do you cook something special to celebrate the new year?
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.
Our New Year Tradition
My family had their own new year 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 Cheese Pudding
3 .cups of water
1 .cup sugar
1 .cup regular cream of wheat
6 . sticks plain string cheese
1/4 teaspoon 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. You can eat this dessert cold But I and my daughter love it hot especially in a cold New Year Night.
Do you do anything special for New Year? Do you have family tradition? Please share. Happy New Year.