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New Year’s culinary traditions

The most celebrated holiday in the world is, of course, the New Year. And the traditions of the New Year’s table are passed down from generation to generation and are one of the most important ingredients of this spiritual holiday. Some traditions have been maintained for centuries, while others change depending on the architectural significance of the year. So, on the eve of the Year of the Horse, ceramic dishes are put on the table, carrots and apples are necessarily present among salads, and dishes are abundantly sprinkled with greens. In the Year of the Snake, dishes are placed on the table with a snake and eggs and poultry meat are necessarily present. Well, in the Year of the Rooster, preference is given …

… dishes and desserts containing wheat flour, rice, cereals, corn. canapes on skewers with different types of bread, cheese, sausage, red fish, shrimp. Well, it is very appropriate to sprinkle salads with small crackers. However, regardless of the zodiac sign, New Year’s tables always have traditional national dishes. So, in Russia and Kazakhstan it is difficult to imagine a table without olivier or aspic, in the Czech Republic it is baked carp, in the UK and USA, of course, a Christmas turkey. And only in Japan the choice of traditional New Year’s dishes is so plentiful that it is rather difficult to single out one thing. Family traditions play a big role here.

What do they eat for the New Year in different countries of the world?
tykvennye ponchiki sonyos1) In Portugal, a compulsory New Year’s treat is a pumpkin donut from Sonos.


Pumpkin – 500 g

Sugar – 4 tbsp. l

Vegetable oil (in the dough and for deep fat) – 4 tbsp. l

Yeast (dry, with a slide) – 1 tsp.

Flour – 3 stacks.

Powdered sugar.

Method of preparation: Pumpkin, diced, boiled, adding 2 tablespoons of sugar to the water. Ready pumpkin slices thoroughly knead to a puree state. Sugar, yeast, butter and flour are added to the cooled puree, knead well and put in a warm place for 2 hours. From the resulting pumpkin dough, balls are molded and fried in a large amount of oil. Finished donuts sprinkled with powdered sugar.

blinchki pfannkuchen2) In Germany, they don’t understand how thin and large pancakes can be eaten, and for the New Year special pancakes Pfankuchen are prepared – small and very thick.


Eggs – 4 pcs.

Sugar – 1 tbsp. l

Salt – half a teaspoon

Milk – 1 cup

Butter – 2 tbsp. spoons

Wheat flour

Method of preparation: Beat the eggs with sugar until the whole mass brightens and increases in volume by one and a half to two times, and then add the rest and mix thoroughly. The finished dough is poured into molds, and baked in the oven, heated to 200 degrees 10 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 175 degrees and bake another 10 minutes until golden. Serve warm, often using a sweet sauce of frozen berries.

risovyi puding3) In Denmark, not a single new year is complete without rice pudding.


Milk – 1 L

Rice – 3 tablespoons

Sugar – 1 tbsp.

Starch – 3 tbsp

Egg – 2 pcs.


Method of preparation: Rice is well washed and boiled in 300 ml. water. The egg yolks are separated from the proteins and beat with sugar in a water bath until a light foam appears. Then the milk is heated and half is added to the yolk mass, after which the yolk mass is added to the remaining milk and brought to a boil. Then, rice, vanilla and starch diluted with water are added to all this, brought to a boil, poured into cups and put on the table. Some housewives put in cups with pudding in a very heated oven for 10 minutes. Usually this time is enough for the crust to appear on top.

sarmale golubtsy4) In Romania and Moldova for the new year on the tables must be present cabbage rolls Sormale.


Grape leaves – 50 pcs.

Meat (any) – 500 gr.

Onion – 2 pcs.

Carrots – 2 pcs.

Rice – half a cup

Tomato paste or tomato juice

Dill, salt, pepper.

Method of preparation: In these countries, canned grape leaves are sold in any supermarket. Leaves soaked in warm water. Onions and carrots are passaged in a pan, adding tomato paste or tomato juice at the end. Then the rice is poured with hot water for 15 minutes. The meat is once passed through a meat grinder and mixed with rice, passivated vegetables, salt, pepper and dill. The resulting stuffing is spread on the leaves of the grapes and the leaves are folded with an envelope. At the bottom of the cauldron, a little vegetable oil is poured and the bottom is laid out with the remaining grape leaves, and cabbage rolls are laid down on them with a slice down and filled with water and tomato juice. To prevent cabbage rolls from floating up, put a plate on top and stew the contents of the cauldron on a slow window for an hour.

Of course, this is not all New Year’s dishes of the countries of the world. There is also a French Christmas log cake, and Spanish Nougat Turron, and Swedish jellied fish … You can list for a long time, but it’s better to try them!

Use any recipe in this article, or come on New Year’s Eve to the White Whale coffee shop, where you will find your favorite dishes and, of course, aromatic coffee!

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