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Herring for the New Year?

berkleybabe Jan 2, 2012 05:49 PM

My grandparents were Austrian and my father always had creamed herring on New Year's Eve to eat when it struck midnight (or earlier.) A good luck taste to start the year.

I have always had herring on hand. Anybody else? Just can't do New Year's without it.

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  1. JungMann RE: berkleybabe Jan 3, 2012 08:16 AM

    I first had New Year's herring on NYE 2000 when I spent the evening with a family whose ancestry was Scandinavian. They had a small smorgasbord set up and had made special efforts to tell us all to have at least one bite of pickled herring for good luck. Since then I have made special efforts to have pickled herring always available in my fridge, though the only lucky advantage seems to be that I can now snack on pickled herring whenever I want.

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      grangie angie RE: berkleybabe Jan 3, 2012 02:35 PM

      Agree with you,BB........always had to have the pickled herring in sour cream sauce for
      good luck in the New Year in my Polish/Ukranian household..."back in the days"...
      in Manhattan & Brooklyn.

      1. tcamp RE: berkleybabe Jan 3, 2012 02:48 PM

        I grew up eating matjes (brined) herring but it wasn't particularly a NYE tradition in our family. More of a summer thing. I haven't had it recently but would love to get my hands on some good stuff.

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          ferventfoodie RE: tcamp Jan 3, 2012 03:09 PM

          Funny, I noticed herring in cream sauce in the supermarket last week and flashed back to
          eating it in my parents home on New Year's. I continued to serve it in my home after I was
          married, but I'm not sure how or why the tradition started in my family - my dad's ancestors
          came from the Netherlands through England to the US in the 1700's and my mom's
          parents came from Scotland in the early 20th century

        2. Tripeler RE: berkleybabe Jan 3, 2012 07:21 PM

          Herring roe (the eggs) are a popular treat for Japanese New Year. They are light yellow and crunchy in the bunches they come in.

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