Happy New Year! As I write this, I’m perched at our kitchen island licking my wounds from last night. We’ve had a pretty indulgent day so far, following a ridiculously indulgent evening with friends. As someone who loves New Year’s Eve (it’s an excuse for a magical party–what’s not to love!), I spent the last month or so rallying the troops, trying to find a crazy plan to ring in the New Year. In the end, we had a great dinner party, complete with tons of old fashioned and gimlet cocktails (my favourite!) and wine. It was a pretty typical New Year’s in that we had a ton of last minute additions and wound up squeezing ten great friends around our table, which is an impressive feat given the size of our little pad!
On the menu, aside from cocktails, was a great kale salad from Food52, Best of Bridge Red and White Tortellini and sirloin steak. My all time best friends are home from Copenhagen for the holidays and they brought the most delicious traditional Danish special occasion cake, Kramsekage, which is basically a dreamy marzipan tower. I wish I got a better photo of it before we dove in!
We also tried a recipe for homemade French Onion Dip, you know, that one all of our mothers make with sour cream and a package of French Onion Soup mix? I could swear I ate my weight in that over the holidays, so was really excited to try a homemade, natural version. Doug was skeptical, but it turned out really well. The recipe is great and the longer the caramelized onions soak into the dip the better it is.
Wishing everyone all the very best in 2015! While I’m not one to go about setting resolutions, I have a great feeling about this coming year.
P.S. The photo up top is of Kringel Bread, which has become my new favourite baking project. Fresh from the oven, it’s the most perfect and satisfying snack for an afternoon board game.