New Year’s Eve was incredibly calm and low-key in our house. It usually is. When you have dogs it’s like the one night you don’t want to go anywhere or leave them alone. We usually spend New Year’s at home just by ourselves, and I prefer it that way. The whole month of December always means visiting relatives or having relatives visit us and Christmas events with friends and work, so it’s nice to have New Year as our own private celebration.
This year we did one new thing though: we bought a takeaway almost-finished 3 course dinner from one of the better restaurants in town.
We had to preorder from the restaurant and then pick it up the day before. Got a huge bag with every component in containers + instructions.
Butter-fried scallops with creamy seafood soup and baked leek topped with chimichurri and roasted pumpkin seeds.
Had to fry the scallops ourselves and heat up the soup and the leeks. And plate it. I think we did an ok job considering how rarely we do “fancy” food in this house. 😁 It tasted sooo good, this was my favourite course.
Fallow deer tenderloin with Svedjan* cheese risotto, baked artichoke, smoked forest mushrooms, red wine sauce and truffle butter. Garnished with lingonberries and garden cress.
Had to fry the tenderloin ourselves, the rest only needed to be heated. Never had fallow deer before so it was a first. I’m not a huge fan of red meat in general, but game meat is nicer than beef IMO. I liked it, even though I think we fried it a tad too long. Wouldn’t have minded it slightly pinker, but it was still nice and tender enough.
*local cheese made on one particular farm here.
Chocolate tarte with cherry coulis, vanilla and mascarpone cream, and amaretto biscuit.
This one came completely finished, so we only had to put it on a plate and dig in! Tasted amazing!
It was fun to try one of these almost-ready bags. I’ve seen them advertised a lot around here. The food was great and it was nice not having to cook that much. They were generous with the food too, we were both very full and satisfied afterwards. 😋
The rest of the night we relaxed and played games. Last year we did have some fireworks around midnight, but this year it was dead quiet all night. Heard some far far away in the distance around 19-20 but saw nothing and it was dead quiet after that. Didn’t see anything either.
Good, I say. We have a young puppy and I rather have him spared of fireworks.
We actually missed the whole midnight thing. We were playing the last mission of Heavenly Bodies (very fun – and frustrating. Recommended if you want to test how well you and your spouse cooperate lol) and were so engrossed we didn’t pay attention to the clock at all. Around 00:30 we realised that hey, it’s 2023 now, should we toast or something? 😂
Great New Year’s Eve over all. Happy New 2023!