I hope you all are enjoying a good start to your new year!!
Rafe and I celebrated with friends yesterday and hosted a dinner - it was a lot of fun, and a great way to celebrate with some of our favorites, while also avoiding the crowds.
I love staying in on New Years and cooking a really special meal, rather than braving a restaurant or a club and paying a huge cover or having to endure an overpriced, and often disappointing prix-fixe menu.
Last nights menu was a simple cheese plate (supplemented by tons of delicious appetizers that our friends brought), a delicious dinner of beef tenderloin, a potato gratin, and a large green salad with grapefruit, avocado, and red onion. Dessert was provided in part by my friend Kaitlin - she makes the best baked treats - and brought some yummy chocolate cookies (and then left them here and I shamefully ate one with my coffee this morning) and the other half featured a boozy hot cocoa spiked with Godiva liquor, and my first attempt at homemade marshmallows.
In addition to the rich meal, you can assume that I imbibed more than my usual polite two-glass wine limit, and you make for a very groggy, clumsy morning for me. (Rafe had the good sense to sleep late.)
For the past two days, my refrigerator has been entirely consumed with housing the ingredients for our big meal - so when I woke up this morning we didn't have anything special for breakfast. So New Year's Eve dinner morphed into this mornings breakfast.
The aged Gouda from the cheese plate is inside the omelet, the toast is some of the leftover baguette and is smeared with another batch of pesto butter (Rafe's special request) and since I had no omelet appropriate veggies I added a little bit of the salad leftovers to my plate. I decided that if a fancy french bistro brunch can serve eggs with a side of salad at then I can do the same. Anyway, it has grapefruit -that is super breakfast-y.
Not pictured but very much enjoyed was the cup of coffee mixed with 1/2 a cup of last nights cocoa (minus the liquor). That was intended to be my last bit of sugar for the new year....but I think that resolution will have to wait until tomorrow when I can bring the rest of Kaitlin's cookies into work with me....if they last until then....