Another New Year's Eve. This year, though, I was resolved not to dine out. I figured there was no point fighting the crowds or paying for an expensive menu, so I wanted to do some simple home cooking. Thankfully there was another couple agreeable to the idea of spending it at home, so we ended up spending the last evening of the year with them.
Since the idea is to cook at home, we all agreed to contribute so that each of the four of us would play chef for at least one course. This turned out to be a totally kick-ass dinner...
We decided to start things off in style... with Champagne and caviar. We had two types of caviar for comparison. First up was the En-K de Caviar oscietra from Kaviari. This nicely packaged tin contained 15g of farmed oscietra caviar, which one can scoop from the groove with the spoon in the package.
This was nicely charred on the outside and still pink and rare on the inside.
...and finished the evening snacking on some preserved kelp and scallops from Japan.
a few years ago while pairing it with an MRE, I decided to pour myself a glass and take a few sips. Very fruity, and a little sweet on the palate. Not a complex wine at all but pleasurable to drink nonetheless.
This was a very, very enjoyable evening. Just a few friends spending a quiet evening together, ringing in the new year while celebrating our friendship. Looking forward to our 2016 together!