Saturday, January 01, 2011

Ringing the Old Year Out, Ringing the New Year In

Traditionally, Rob eats cabbage and black eyed peas (not together) on New Year's Day, a good luck tradition, picked up from his family, that is supposed to invite prosperity into your life.  Given that I still don't have a job and he didn't have a gig on New Year's Eve for the first time in ten years, I think it is safe to say that this tradition isn't working for us.

So we decided to make our own tradition.  Our vision:  to have a meal of affluence, to symbolize our prosperity in a decadent meal that included . . .

Almonds, a lovely olive bruschetta, some foie gras, and caviar.  Admittedly, the caviar was not the best quality but that was not the intention.  The idea was to have the symbolic representation of affluence.  We may not have had beluga imported this year but next year . . .

Our next course included a creamy Lobster Bisque and Oysters Rockefeller.  Rob kept saying, "Nothing says 'money' quite like Rockefeller."  I can't really argue.  And the oysters were oh so yummy.  I am not a huge fan of lobster so the bisque was okay.  It certainly had a delicacy of flavor that surprised me.  And yes, the decadence continued.

New York Strip steak, pan seared, served with a stuffed baked potato.  To be honest, I didn't have a potato because I simply couldn't eat that much more.  And I suppose this wasn't "screaming" decadence but let me tell you that the dogs were in for a pleasant surprise as we actually gave them about 2 or 3 ozs of our steak.  From taking home doggy bags in restaurants to actually giving our dogs our leftovers . . . now that is aflluence!  They certainly appreciated it.

For dessert, Rob made (yes, from scratch!) some Crêpe Suzette.  Unfortunately, we couldn't get the flambé to work but the dessert was still quite delicious.  (Don't tell Rob but the tartness of the sauce left the roof of my mouth sore because it was already sensitive from some of the Christmas foods and hadn't quite healed.)  

Last but not least, we toasted the new year in.  I had some sparkling wine (next year it will be the real thing--champagne!) and Rob had some diet ginger ale.  The glasses have charms on them.  Mine says "Loyalty" and his says "Tranquility."  

So there you have it.  Our New Year's Eve dinner which we shared with one another in hopes of a more prosperous New Year.  

And if it doesn't work?  Well, we'll just come up with some other "good luck feast" and hope it works better. 

I wish you all a most joyous New Year full of compassion, first for yourself and then rippling out to others.  Let us all make 2011 the most loving year of our lives.

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  1. You're just saying that because you gave us the plates!

    And I love them!