Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Year's Eve Dinner - December 31st 2011

Happy New Year everyone!  Hope your dinner last night was delicious and memorable.

We ate here at home, just the two of us, so nothing very fancy schmancy, but I was very pleased indeed with what we did have.

Devils on Horseback - Stoned prunes soaked overnight in water, then steeped in port for a couple of hours, wrapped in streaky bacon, baked in the oven until the bacon is cooked and crisp. Served on spinach, rocket and watercress salad with a drizzle of Wholegrain Mustard and cream sauce. Easy and very delicious.

Followed by Spatchcocked Poussin stuffed under the skin with chestnut and chorizo stuffing, served with roast new potatoes and fine green beans.  The poussin keeps so tender, and spatchcocking makes it very easy to portion in halves for the two of us.

Dessert was delicious but not very photogenic at all!  So no pictures... sorry...

Apricots poached in port and orange juice with vanilla icecream. Really this was just an excuse to crack open one of our remaining bottles of luscious dessert wine - an Italian Moscato - Maculan Dindarello. If you see this on a menu, then do try it. Possibly the most delicious thing ever invented to drink with a sweet rich pudding.

Our last dinner of 2011 was a cracker, I do hope yours was too, and I look forward to sharing my dinners with you through 2012. 

Happy New Year!

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