If I do say so myself, Patsy and I outdid ourselves this year (a good thing, since my sister wants a turn next year…)
I’ve linked to recipes when possible, we didn’t really follow them very closely, but they were a good starting point.
The full menu (absolutely everything was homemade, by us unless otherwise noted):
“Nibblies” (in honor of Grandpa Herb):
Kalamata Olive Tapenade
Bourbon Chicken Liver Pate
Tuna Poke, served on a bed of shaved daikon
Mediterranean arugula-fennel salad with proscuitto and pomegranate
Roasted Beet-apple soup
Nobu-style miso-glazed cod with seaweed salad
Poached egg with asparagus and miso butter (and homemade vienna bread)
Figs with pancetta and fourme d’ambert
Melon ‘sorbet’ as a palate cleanser
Smokey turkey shumai
Duck breast with truffled polenta and berry sauce
Dessert (made by my dad)
Patsy made this amazing mexican chocolate cake for New Year’s eve and I forgot to post the photos
I am not much of a baker, but ever since college I have made absurd quantities of hamentashen every purim. These are the first batch, from last night – today I’m going to make more, so I have some to bring to the office tomorrow. It’s hard not to love purim – how many other holidays are there which enforce eating cookies and drinking (lots of) wine? Enjoy
We spent most of today in cooking school here in Luang Prabang. It was a really spectacular experience – we made five dishes, learned two others, and had two great meals. (All for $30 each, how’s that for a bargain?) (Patsy reminds me that the day included a trip to the market (which was only semi-covered) during a torrential rainstorm. During this, my camera’s memory card crapped out, making me fear that a day of shooting had been lost (I recovered the images eventually))
It was a good way to cap off a visit to Luang Prabang after a few days of walking and hiking. We finished the day with (yet another) trip to the night craft market and some crepes.
Tonight’s Indian feast was a bit of a comedy of errors (we forgot to get yogurt, we forgot to get ginger, we forgot to get…,) but it came together really nicely in the end. We made a great chicken curry w/ coconut milk, some spiced potatoes w/ broccoli, and heated up some naan.
We spent most of the afternoon cleaning the kitchen, and to celebrate we messed it up again. These are (delicious!) tapas-style shrimp with garlic and chilies. We had them with some homemade bread, some Spanish and French cheeses (our favorites – valdeon and bucheron) and some garlicky green beans. All made without a trip to the grocery store, no less!
When I was a kid I remember my dad would cook all kinds of fun/interesting/weird finger food for new year’s eve. I remember him making lamejunes, lumpia, and a variety of other steamed/baked/fried things. So I like to follow that ‘tradition’ by making dumplings, etc for our nye celebrations. This year we went over to my sister’s place for a multi-course ‘potluck’ extravaganza. Patsy and I brought shumai, har gau, and samosas. These are pre-steaming…
This was our dessert last night, delicious.
We made pumpkin pie, two loaves of anadama bread, and a pizza (prosciutto, basil, tomato, fresh mozarella) – quite a successful day of baking.