The above was taken at the New Years Eve dinner Nikki and I attended. Of course, in the morning we went a-sightseeing at Vaux le Vicomte, the chateau that inspired Louis XIV to not only arrest/kill his Chancellor at the time, but also change Versailles from a measly hunting lodge to the grand and decadent palace it is today. And as beautiful as Vaux is, the real event of the night was eating a typical french meal (including, as you may be able to tell above, foie gras) with a lovely and kind family that Nikki knows (not her au pair family). Not only did it include four DELICIOUS courses and lots and lots of fabulous cheese (mmm, cheese), but we had a bottle of wine with each course that was fantastic. The one above? An apertif (sweet/dessert) from 1990. Nearly as old as I am! You can’t see the electric bread warmer, but I totally want one of those, too. The conversation was occasionally stilted as it occurred in both French and English, but it was interested and flowing and mostly unawkward. And also, the couple’s children are adorable.
A fabulous way to ring in 2011. Makes me never want to leave Paris!
As I prepare to leave for Paris, I’ve been trying to go through the remaining food in my fridge so I don’t waste much. Then, on Saturday, I opened up the thing to make meself some eggs and noticed that I had ten eggs left.
Now, unless I wanted to eat eggs for each meal for two days (hint: I didn’t), I realized there was only one way to solve this conundrum. That being eggnog. Went online, found this recipe (<–clickable!), busted out the hand-held blender and voila! Delicious, slightly alcoholic holiday goodness. It’s deeeelicious. And I finally found a use for the whole cinnamon sticks and nutmeg that my mom sent me ages ago.
Today was the last day of Friday Night Curry of 2010! Only Nat-chan and I made it, but the curry still managed to be amazingly delicious. Why is this the last night, do you ask, considering that there are still two more fridays in 2010?
Well! Two reasons, my three readers. First! As one of those fridays is New Years Eve, the restaurant is not open. New Years is the most important holiday in the Japanese calendar, followed quickly by O-bon (a festival for ancestors in August). Second! Why, we are all off traveling. I am going to Paris and London to see my friend Nikki. Nat-chan is flying to Australia to enjoy the summer with Megumi. Christine is attending a wedding in Vancouver. The J-Fresh is already in America, galomphing through the snow, and TANK will have adventures in Thailand–including white water paddling and volunteering with elephants. (There is a reason I call her TANK.)
So adieu, Friday Night Curry! See you next year.