Steve and I had a magical New Year’s Eve.
I have to start with dinner which was Beef Wellington as the main course (actually it was the only course – we saved our appetite all day long for this and didn’t want or need to be distracted by appetisers!). It was a team effort, as is much of what we do. Steve made a beautiful red wine sauce from oxtails, onions, carrots and celery. It simmered for about 4 hours and reduced from three quarts of liquid to 2 cups. I made puff pastry and duxelles, a finely chopped (minced) mixture of mushrooms, onions, shallots and herbs sautéed in butter, and reduced to a paste with cream and Amontillado added at the end. We got a perfect piece of filet beef which we seared, wrapped in prosciutto, then duxelles, finally in the puff pastry and baked it until the beef was medium-rare. The accompaniments were pommes Anna and haricot vert. And, I made a very special dessert for a man who loves dark chocolate – pots de crème au chocolat.
It was a very special meal. Besides celebrating the passing of the old year and coming of the new one, we celebrated our first full year together and our first New Year’s Eve in our home. After our late dinner, we sat on the sofa, talked, listened to music, danced, had our luscious dessert with a goblet of Australian Merlot, called a couple of friends after midnight and stayed up until 3 o’clock; just so happy to be here and with each other.
Last night was also magical with the blue moon illuminating the heavens. The old expression “once in a blue moon” has to do with something that is rare, special, uncommon, even absurd – but not impossible. The most popular current definition of a blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. The New Year’s Eve blue moon is more exceptional, happening only once every 19 years.
This New Year’s Eve and Day feel ‘everyday magical’ and it already seems as though 2010 will be filled with everyday rare, special, uncommon and – why not – absurd happenings.
Speaking of magic, I don’t think I’ve said but Steve and I are writing a blog together called ‘On the Way to the Wedding‘. This link goes straight to his take on our New Year’s Eve.
Blue Moon image from Tamilshavai.com