Lentils for a prosperous New Year's Day

“New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights”
jose Hamilton Wright Mabie (American writer, 1845-1916)

My alter-ego Countess Arugula just posted a recipe for Greek-inspired lentil soup. I've done a little bit of research on this; many Europeans including Italians and Hungarians believe that eating lentils or lentil soup on New Year's Day will bring prosperity for the new year. Some Italians eat it minutes after New Year's Eve. What if we all collectively lifted our spoons in 2009 to a prosperous, healthy, and creative new year!

The Writing Nag