|Clive Hicks-Jenkins, art from Thaliad|
Thank you to novelist Scott G. F. Bailey--I'm going to have to drink another glass of champagne after reading his 2013 reading list on Six Words for a Hat.
The living author who I'm most pleased to have discovered this year is Marly Youmans, who wrote Thaliad and A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage. I'm looking forward to reading more from young Ms Youmans. She has an impressive catalogue.Of course, he was a terrible liar on the "young" part, but we'll assume he's as honest as can be elsewhere, right? Isn't that lovely? And now, back to champagne and tapas...
Merry 7th day of Christmas and Happy New Year's Eve!
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Small Bites Menu
Tapanade with french bread
Goat cheese gratin with thai pepper paste and marmalade glaze
Mini crab cakes with lemon aoli
Pizza with water buffalo cheese, wild boar sausage and olives
Carapaccio with horseradish cream
Butternut squash/potato and onion latkes with caviar
Grilled duck breast with truffle paste on baguette
Lava cakes and raspberries
And proper amounts of champagne!
We didn't accept any invitations, as my husband is on call. Instead the four in residence have been drinking champagne and eating tapas, all except child no. 3, who had filet mignon to celebrate the day. He was eating some of the pizza until he heard rumors of water buffalo.
And so I am replete, you hear, crammed like Santa on Thanksgiving, glutted like a teenager's closet, gorged like a laundry bag in a dorm room--how dare you bring me thin strips of duck breast? And what do you mean by these intimations of dessert?
Resolution: lie by the fire and recover from blimpdom of New Year's Eve.
Added for Robbi: a few of Michael's prior New Year's Eve meals for guests.... Wish I had always thought to post them! The link is to a compendium of posts, so you'll see this post at the top--scroll down!