Once again we are hosting a New Year’s eve party. This was only decided on Thursday night last week after my sweetie mixed me a nice strong cosmo something or other. Once the email goes out to the gang, it is too late to retract it! We had to break out the mobile bar on wheels (in the foreground) to make sure we had enough space.
On the cocktail list: Gigi’s, Amaretto Kisses, Basil lemon gimlets, Grapefruit rosemary splashes and pomegranate fizzers.
On the menu: One of my new fav Thai dishes Pork, Potato and Oyster sauce (look hard and you will find MamaSita’s which is GF) cooked with more kaffir lime leaves than I can count as well as onion, garlic, chile, and the extra tang – tamarind paste. I also made some feta zhatar dip (feta, chopped tomatoes, sliced green onions, zhatar or zatar spice and plenty of olive oil and tortilla chips in lieu of toasted pita. This dish is always, always a winner and so easy to put together. I threw together a platter of greek and french olives and pickled things and a platter of delish goat, sheep and cow cheeses with some sliced hot soppressata and chorizo in the center for the carnivores. I made some GF grownup rice crispy treats with lots of instant expresso and grated orange peel. Then I let it cool in the oven. Then I forgot about it and turned the oven on 425F to preheat for dinner. They are now very crispy treats. Someone else is bringing SW style baked potatoes (GF) and a hot cheesy spinach artichoke dip (also GF, they are now well trained friends, thankfully!).
I already have a little brunch casserole with dill, homemade pork sausage, green onions, milk, eggs and cheese in the fridge ready to go for the hangover cure tomorrow – as well as the mixings for Bloody Mary’s, or mimosas. I freshly squeezed grapefruit, orange and lemon juices with my new (thanks mom!) Kitchenaid juicer attachment. The basil sugar water and the rosemary sugar water are made and chilling.
A fire is roaring in the wood stove. Candles are lit. ITunes party play list is ready and waiting…. All that is left to do is think about some New Year Resolutions!
So, let the new year begin with all our friends!