After two months of cooking and entertaining in kitchens other than my own both in London and in Boston, I was counting down the minutes until I could finally be back in my kitchen. For the last four years David and I have been gradually
perfecting stocking our kitchen with the right utensils, cookware and appliances. We decided to go for quality, not quantity and we had fun researching the tools that would be necessary for our idea of a perfectly equipped kitchen. I am so happy with our knives, pots, pans, cutting boards, mixers, blenders and bakeware, and I really look forward to cooking and baking in our kitchen daily. There are red specks of Le Creuset that are carefully strewn throughout the house to keep us organized (and pretty). Our kitchen and pantry are arranged and organized efficiently and are perfect for our culinary needs.
For months, David and I have been looking forward to throwing a party at the condo to celebrate our return to Seattle, our new view of the Space Needle and to welcome in the New Year. I hadn’t hosted a party in Seattle in over two months and the entertaining itch was getting pretty severe. Given that space in the condo was limited, we invited a small group of close friends over to ring in the New Year with food, fireworks and libations. David and I did a “comfort food” theme and we also asked our guests to bring a favorite appetizer or dessert. David and I provided the following fare:
Mini Potato-Parsnip Latkes with Roasted Onion Applesauce
Short Ribs Crostini with Parsnip Puree
Antipasto & Cheese Platter
Scottish Shortbread Cookies
Mini “Johnny Cash” Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Truffles with Coconut, Chocolate Sprinkles & Pistachios
Champagne with Pomegranate Seeds, Wine, Sparkling Water
Time ticked closer to midnight and between the eating, giggling, drinking and games, we almost didn’t get up to the roof in time for the fireworks. Some waited for the elevator while others raced up the stairs, and we all made it onto the roof just in time to enjoy the spectacular firework show. Once the fireworks started and the clock struck midnight, I realized I forgot the noisemakers, hats, pomegranate seeds for the champagne and I didn’t light the candles on the cupcakes. After our champagne glasses were filled, emptied and refilled by other neighbors on the roof, we came downstairs to the condo and counted down to midnight again with all of our proper party paraphernalia. I forgot to light the cupcakes again, but in reality I think they looked prettier that way. We laughed into the wee hours of the morning and listened to the crazy chaos that was occurring on the streets below us.
David and I had more fun planning, setting-up and cooking for this party than we have had in a long time. It takes a short time away from home to realize what is important. It’s often the little things that are looked over when you are home and are first missed when you aren’t home. I know there’s a possibility that David and I will go back to England in the next few weeks, but right now I’m counting my blessings and enjoying my time at home with my husband and friends.
Champagne with Pomegranate
The Crew that stayed up to Midnight
And the crazy faces....