For the last few years, Adam and I have hosted New Year’s Eve parties with friends. Always a great time, and it really is nice to ring in the new year with good friends. And if you hadn’t noticed, we generally do enjoy hosting gatherings at our house. We’ve got the space, we love to cook, and we’ve got great friends that we enjoy hanging out with – so why not? Well, as great as the last few Dec 31st parties have been, this year we weren’t really up for a big party. We wanted something super low key – with just the two of us.
We considered other options, but it kept coming back to what we really wanted: A fancy meal. Some champagne. Snuggling on the couch. Just us. So that’s just what we did, and it was wonderful.
Seeing as we weren’t going to be hosting a big party and were saving some money there, we decided to splurge and make this meal like no other – full of indulgent food and things we ordinarily wouldn’t touch. We got ourselves a nice mini bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, bottle of good truffle oil, a few black truffles, some sushi-grade ahi-tuna, and generally didn’t hold back on anything. We came up with the following plan for the day:
- Mid-afternoon snack: Hollandaise with artichoke (yes, we got this idea from Julie & Julia) with a glass of Chardonnay
- Late-afternoon snack: Homemade cheese (yup, cheese we made ourselves!) with chorizo (sort of a queso-fondito style) with warm tortillas and Mint Juleps
- Cream of Jerusalem Artichoke Soup
- Seared Ahi-Tuna
- Mushroom & Leek Risotto with Truffles
- Baked Beets w/Shallots
Dessert (at midnight):
- Mini Cheesecake with Black Forest Conserve and Chocolate Crust
- Small bottle of Champagne
Yeah, by the time we ate the cheese, we were so full we weren’t up for much more. We ended up skipping the soup, risotto, and beets. But… we’ll likely have all three tonight for dinner, so really all we’ve done is extend our New Year’s plans into a two day feast!
Things we learned:
- Planning a week’s worth of food for one night and calling it “indulgent” doesn’t really work. Glad Adam and I realized that before eating to the point of making ourselves sick.
- Seared Ahi Tuna is still one of my favourite things of all time. We could’ve gotten less, though.
- Neither of us like Mint Juleps.
- Hollandaise sauce really isn’t so hard, and OMG SO GOOD. (but no, that doesn’t mean I should have it more than once or twice a year).
- Artichoke leaves make great spoons for hollandaise, and the outer layer of skin is really quite tasty.
- Mini cheesecakes? Must make again.
- Black truffles aren’t so expensive – 2 for $10 isn’t an every day thing, but it isn’t totally unreachable (though, of course, maybe we got crappy truffles… haven’t tried them yet).
And as a bit of an aside, we also found a new super yummy cocktail with an awesome name: A Muthaphukkin Gud Drink (thanks iPhone app!):
- 1.5 oz Malibu Rum
- 1/2 oz Cream
- 1/2 oz Galiano
- Orange Juice
- Pineapple Juice
Add malibu rum, galiano, and cream to a cocktail glass over ice. Fill the rest of the glass with equal parts orange and pineapple juices. Stir and enjoy!
More details of the various components of our evening are coming over the next few days, but generally: a great evening with great food and my favourite person.
Happy New Year everyone!