Happy New Year to all my readers! I thought to start with an overview of our New Year's Eve feast. We stayed at home and entertained friends - we were 12 adults and 7 kids and as far as I could tell, everyone had great time. We ate and drank, competed in a quiz (a New Year's Eve tradition in our house), watched some shows at the TV (incl. the President's speech), and enjoyed fireworks outside just after midnight. Here's an overview of what we ate.
The menu scribbled on our blackboard wall:
Appetizers included crostini with cream cheese and lobster tails:
Rye bread buttons with spiced sprats cream:
Home-made rye crisps with chicken liver paté and red onion marmalade:
thinly sliced pain d'epices with Estonian goat cheese and ruby pomegranate seeds:
The salad board consisted of Waldorf salad (made by our dear friends Peter & Kristel):
Beetroot and pomegranate salad with parsley and Aleppo chilli vinaigrette:
Red cabbage, orange and Beluga lentil salad with parsley vinaigrette (as all Italians know, you must have lentils at the New Year's Eve, as this brings you wealth and money in the new year :))
More substantial dishes included home-made chicken nuggets (well, there were teens among the guests) with a adjika and sour cream dip:
A wonderful hot-smoked trout from Pepe Kala, served with a simple, yet luxurious trout roe and sour cream sauce:
Our friend Liina contributed a caramelised onion and Cheddar tart:
and a wonderful pork terrine:
I had also made two different crisp breads, one with fennel seeds and the other without:
For nibbling, there was fruit, gingebread cookies and sugared almonds:
For dessert, our friends had brought along a moist pumpkin cake, a lovely pink cherry and mascarpone cheesecake.
And to finish it all off, K. and I had made a croquembouche, complete with crème patisserie and spun sugar ribbons:
Again, may your 2012 be full of delicious and tasty bites and experiences!