Christmas Eve. We posed for a family photo. It represents 4 generations and 20 people.
After which my son and I hosted a Feast of the 7 Fishes dinner … which turned into a feast of 11 fishes served over multiple courses at his and Julie’s beautiful home. Some of the dishes we served were rolled pizza with anchovy, olives and onions; clams oreganto; lobster mac n’ cheese balls; cod fish balls; frutti di mare salad; shrimp and langoustine scampi over pasta etc., etc.
Christmas Day the whole lot of us got together again at my niece’s home. We feasted on ravioli with sage and butter, drunken turkey, several fabulous vegetable preparations and salads.
New Year’s Eve I hosted an ‘elaborate’ dinner for a few friends. Highlights of the menu included appetizers of bone marrow, foie gras with apple gastrique and chutney, shrimp and lentils and a festive platter of cornish hens with a fruit and nut black rice. And lots of bubbly. I also included a quick pick lotto ticket for everyone … although, sadly, there were no winners.
New Year’s Day was spent al fresco at the race track with family. I only lost $2.40 which is more like a win-win for a nice day out.Afterwards, we quenched our thirsts and appetites at Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar.
Yes, it is the happiest time of the year!!! And now we move forward into 2015.