New Year’s Eve dinner report

Happy New Year!! We started out last night’s festivities by going for a little walk through the neighbourhood in the early evening. We peeked in through uncurtained windows at people setting their tables and sideboards for later festivities and then walked along the marketing street to see last minute shoppers in the vegetable store and lights just shutting off in other shops and final preparations in pubs and restaurants. Lots of people were walking and talking together, all with expectant looks on their faces – that feeling of the new year coming to bring better things.

And then what a dinner we had last night!! Spinach salad with warm vinaigrette of ham, mushrooms, garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, toasted pumpkin seed oil and garnished with a few oven roasted pears (I mandolined bosc pears, lay them separately on parchment paper and put them in a 200F oven for a couple of hours) and shaved Sardo cheese. This was followed by cheese fondue. We dipped in cubed molasses fennel rye and Italian breads and drank any South African KWV chenin blanc 2003 that didn’t go into the fondue. The wine was good – it could have been a tiny bit more acidic but it was still pretty perfect. Every so often we would drizzle some of the melted cheese on a roasted pear slice. Oh My!! Delicious. A perfect way to ring in the new year.

Do I smell waffles cooking in the kitchen???