Monday, January 01, 2007

A Fifty-something's New Year's Eve

We’ve spent New Year’s Eve with the same people for as long as I can remember. Sometimes we do streamers and hats and noisemakers, but tonight it was just about fine food.

We started our night of non-stop eating at around 7:00 at L and M’s house. P and H joined us. All of our children used to be a part of this, but they are now celebrating on their own.

Appetizers consisted of shaved Reggiano parmesan, tapenade, smoked salmon and avocado with homemade dill sauce, and last but not least, 50's canapes. The canapes were the hit of the evening. They were slices of party pumpernickel topped with thinly sliced red onions, mayonnaise, and parmesan and then put under the broiler. All this accompanied by a great Penfold red wine.

Then we went to Bamiyan, a neighborhood Afghan restaurant, for dinner. I was already stuffed, but managed to eat an eggplant and a lamb appetizer. I’m not sure why we bothered going out to eat!

L had planned a little tasting test for us for dessert. She had cut up dark chocolate into small bite-size pieces, numbered 1 through 5. We were asked to consider appearance, aroma, meltability, and any other characteristics of our choice to rank the samples from best to worst. It was a tough assignment, but we all came out with a definite opinion. Here were the 5 samples, not revealed until after everyone had voted:

(1) Scharffenberger 60%
(2) Valrhona 85%
(3) Valrhona 56%
(4) Trader Joe’s 72%
(5) Trader Joe’s 56%

The 3 men all chose #5. L and I chose #1, commenting that it tasted much like cherries. H chose #3.

By this time, it was almost midnight. We gathered in front of the television set to watch the ball drop. We were shocked by Dick Clark, who still had the slurred speech of a stroke victim. This was the most sobering observation of the evening. Hugs around at the stroke of 12.

The finale was more food! This time we enjoyed outrageously good dates brought straight from California by H and P, clementines, Stilton cheese, and a Napa Zinfandel Port that was the perfect accompaniment.

The end of our New Year’s evening found us putting these photos on a DVD for me to take home and post.

So no crowded bars or big parties for us old guys. Just a few friends mostly at home and a lot of good food. We have our priorities straight!

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2007 is all you want it to be.

Credits to H and P for photos, L and M for hospitality, and D for being my "date"!


Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Happy New Year!! What a great pic of you and David. Onwards & upwards to 2007!

9:05 AM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

A beautiful picture of you two! Still young-looking at 50-something! And lots of zest for fine food and great friends.

We just had chili and rented a movie all by ourselves!

Have a great 2007! Thanks for being such a great blogger friend!

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! It's raining here and I slept in til 10! Then I donned rain gear and walked for two miles in the fog - a great start to the new year. Thanks for sharing yours. I'm headed for the bowl of celmentines.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous David said...

You captured it perfectly! Hope the rest of the gang like the blog.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Happy new year! Eating your way out of one year and into the next sounds wonderful.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can of peas! You had can of peas? Yuk, yuk. We didn't do anything but stay up and eat pizza. Hubby under the weather. But I like quiet peaceful NYEs.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

We do a New Years' Eve celebration much like that, only as a sleepover with several groups of friends. Right now, of course, there are many children there (this year, 6 boys from age 5 to 11, and one toddler girl). It's lovely to think of continuing it all those years as they grow up, and then after they've graduated from college!

4:34 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Love the Countertop!!!
You guys have pretty good taste... ever been to an Escoffier Dinner? Or 'Chaines de Rotisserie"?

10:49 AM  

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