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