As promised/announced/threatened I will tell you about my New Year’s Eve celebration. And then some.
This year the premise was pretty much the same as last year. It has been for a while now. Things had changed, though.
We’ve been celebrating with friends, dinner party with surprise courses, as each participating couple or single was to provide a part of the meal.
As usual we’d divvied up the courses so we wouldn’t have 3 mains and 3 desserts.
Changes this year:
We celebrated in a new location as one of us had moved into a spacious appartment with his girlfriend.
There was also a 6 months old, well behaved and cheerful toddler with us who only turned cranky just before dessert, so one couple had to leave.
The evening also had the announcement of one of the other couples’ engagement two months ago.
Yes. This means we’re all growing up. Help! And with a new girlfriend being introduced into our ragtag band of adventurous food friends, it also means I am the last single in our group. ((volunteers?))
And as every year we would realize that’d we got quite good at the whole cooking deal.
Without further ado, I give you….
The bar was set quite high with this delicious chestnut soup poured over radicchio salad that had a single fried scallop floating in it and was decorated and made even tastier with a swirl of balsamic.
Next up, it’s not rocket salad. Wait, it is. Not rocket science, though.
The salad contained pine nuts, dried tomato, mozarella cheese and as if that wasn’t enough we also head bread, homemade pesto, tomato cream, salmon rolls and olives.
The next course turned out to be a fun one.
Fried parsnip and scallop. Oh so deliciously prepared. Wait, what? Scallops again? Yup. As I’ve mentioned before: surprise courses.
We just make sure someone takes charge of the main course and dessert, the rest will give vague descriptions like “soup”, “salad” or “just a small inbetween course”.
The real fun: if I hadn’t snatched the dessert, someone who hadn’t made scallops would’ve done that. And I would’ve made bacon-wrapped scallops. :D
I’m still drooling just looking at that picture.
Time for the main course, though. It turned out to be Ethiopian. No, we’re not cannibals, nobody fried up north east Africans. Ethiopian style food. Including the pancake-like “cutlery”.
After all that food, some of us needed a drink. Miniature Caipirinha anyone?
After that it was of course time for the dessert. My dish, this year. Originally I just planned to make roasted pears in butterscotch coconut sauce, but when my mom served homemade Spekulatius ice cream, I just had to add that.
The food of the gods.
So, what did you do for New Year’s Eve?
Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!