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Happy New Year!

Italian folklore holds that each lentil eaten on the first day of a new year represents some money that will be obtained that year. How much does each lentil represent? Who knows - "un pezzo d'oro" could be any size.

I would be anticipating far more income in 2006 if we hadn't eaten our lentils (along with the equally traditionally pig's foot) as the third course of our New Year's Day feast.

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owlfish
Jan. 1st, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
It's your lucky year!
a_d_medievalist
Jan. 1st, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
hmmmm ... here, it's black-eyed peas, which I forgot to buy. Maybe I should go get some?
owlfish
Jan. 1st, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
I grew up with the black-eyed peas tradition, courtesy of my father's side of the family. It's crucial to cook them with iron, whether it's a nail in the pot, or an iron pot. Today, eating Italian new year's foods at a friend's home, we made do with a Slovenian red wine rich in iron.
a_d_medievalist
Jan. 1st, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
sounds better than a nail, I have to say!
greenelephant
Jan. 2nd, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Buon Anno! (by way of greeting and introduction) - I'm here via friendsfriends (we have whatifoundthere in common). Because every classicist needs a few medievalists, I friended you. Hope you don't mind.
owlfish
Jan. 3rd, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
Buon anno e auguri! It's good to meet you. I don't mind in the least. Equally, every medievalist needs a few classicists.
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