New Year’s lost its luster a while back, for me. It’s amateur night, it’s crazy, it’s dangerous to be on the roads. Add to that a husband who gigs almost every New Year’s? You get a general sense of “eh.” But that doesn’t stop me from trying every single year.
This year, I knew early I’d be J-less for the evening. Our good friends P and E decided a dinner party was in order, and a smattering of friends were included. It was a mash up of ingredients and courses, basting and bubbling. The sparkling selections delicious, the deep fryer in use, it was a “full body workout” of laughter and fun.
Everyone was given two “ingredients” out of a hat…and the following happened:
There are three dishes that seem to have escaped photography. The HARDEST by far was Coffee and Soup, in which we were treated to a Coffee Braised Bacon Clam Chowder which was a delicious addition. Ginger and Salad paired together wonderfully with a lot of Papaya in the salad dressed with bright ginger loveliness. I fled at about 12:09, which meant I missed the dessert course, Maple and Dessert. But I’ve been told the cake was amazing.
J arrived back Sunday evening, and I had our own New Year’s celebration waiting, with a bottle of bubbly and a comforting, hot, gigantic pot of Hoppin John and Greens ready to go.
Happy 2012 to all!