Day 19 (diciannove)! Where did this month go to? We are almost .... almost to Christmas!
And we're back to a food item behind door number 19 today. Lentils!
I had planned to leave lentils for a later date, but I'm sorry, I just cannot hold out any longer. I've eaten lentils at two holiday dinners already, ate them at home with our own dinner last night, and I'm seeing them in shops all over the city in gift bags (see below). Yes, that's right, bags of lentils for Christmas gifts!
Lentils are served as a side dish at holiday meals, traditionally Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve. These little round disk shapes which resemble small coins symbolize good luck to Italians. The more lentils you eat, the more good fortune you are supposed to get. And that good fortune is supposed to translate into exactly that: Fortune. Money. Cash.
(Note to my husband- I DO NOT want to see a bag of lentils under the Christmas tree. Just a subtle hint :) ).