Thursday, January 5, 2012

Quiet New Year's Eve

Jeff and I decided to stay home this year.  We are not the "party" type, so this was really more our style.  That said, I did get a tentative plan for a party next year at home.

Because we wanted to celebrate the New Year in style we decided to have a nice dinner and a movie.

I set the table with candles and the nice etched glasses I got from my mother-in-law.  

Then for dinner I made chicken with tomato and prosciutto cooked in a white wine sauce, all over polenta.


For desert we had souffles...two souffles each.  (I didn't get a picture because ...simply...I forgot.  I got so excited to eat said souffles that I didn't get a chance to get a photo.)

We had two souffles because the first batch I made without the egg yolk.  I decided to cook the souffle anyway just to see what would happen.  Luckily, it turned out just fine, so we ate it.  While that batch was cooking I made the second batch, with everything in the ingredient list.  That batch of souffles was even better.  I also made some custard to go on top.  We waited to eat the second souffles until close to midnight.  Overall it was a really nice evening.

I'm pretty proud that I can list souffles and poached eggs to my repertoire of cooking skills.  Do you have any skills you wish to learn (a second language perhaps)?


  1. It´s always better to EAT the soufflé than to make a photograph of it ;-) ....

    Ralf and I were at home too this year.
    We didn´t want to leave the dog alone at home because she´s afraid of our Spanish neighbour´s fireworks.

    We had a bottle of Spanish champagne with some very nice big prawns and a spicy herb and garlic mayonnaise to dip them in.
    It´s more like spring here all year so we didn´t feel like having "winter food".

    Wishing you a very good new year,

    (I am just now learning to find gratis e-books in different languages on the internet and transferring them to my Christmas present, a Kindle e-book reader.
    I love that little thing that stores oodles of books and thus saves a lot of weight, especially when travelling.
    We´re hoping to get off the island in early summer and go to southern Europe with our little motor home.)

  2. Such a lovely way to spend New Years Eve! The food looks divine.
    Happy New Year!

    I would love to learn Spanish. A couple of my daughters have been learning Spanish in school. It would be nice to understand what the heck they are saying, when they are talking to each other.

  3. good for you and your souffle making skills! i have tried, unsuccessfully, to teach myself to play the guitar. well, no, i did learn basic stuff but i think i got to the point where an instructor was needed. one day!

  4. This is also my idea of a great new year's celebration! Your food sounds great. BTW, as a Pixie Dust follower, you are welcome to pop over & enter a giveaway for a beautiful clock. Good luck & thanks for reading!

    Warmly, Michelle


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