All posts tagged: New Years Eve

Last call – get those bottles of champagne now!

What are you doing the morning of the 31st? Well, in case you are hosting a new years eve party – this is your last chance of getting some bottles of sparkling wine. Cause – guess what! – this year, just like the years before, new champagne cocktail fashions have appeared on the scene that are just too tempting to be ignored. After all, its always best to prepare several different types of those, cause experience taught me it is the safest way to keep the guests entertained and get them drunk quickly enough so that they don‘t ask for entertainment anymore. No, don‘t get me wrong, champagne cocktails are really an art and in no way a cheap road to eternal headache the next day. This year‘s trendsetter for champagne cocktail recipes is ‚goodie mother‘ with a rosemary mix: But it is always worth going back in time, i.e. to the year 2008, to seek additional inspiration from e.g. ‚Noble Pig‘ – all in orange: In 2014, 2013, and 2012, our lives were enriched …

The reddest red

With only few hours remaining till THE new years eve party, it is time to get down with some fundamental thoughts on how to organize the first days following new years eve party. Luckily, this year, I am prepared. For christmass I had the delicious pleasure of enjoying traditional Polish red beet soup. You must know that a traditional Polish Christmass dinner has 12 courses. All of them are either vegetarian or feature fish. And it all starts with a rubby beet root soup J What is the secret of this soup? In order to obtain this marvelous colour you first must pick the right kind of beet root – not the round ones but the tubular ones (they give more colour). Then you must prepare your own fresh, clear vegetable essence, by cooking three ingredients for 2 hours: carrots, parsley root, and celery root. Really cook/boil it. After 2 hours take the pot from the heat and add the cut down beet root (really small pieces), a cut acidic apple and 3 cut onions …

Krauts eat kraut – at least for New Years Eve

Long time ago, the British or the Americans or some other enemy of Germany during world war I or II decided to nickhname the entire populus as ‘Krauts’. Apparently, back then, Germans dieted on an – for the Western world – unusual high amount of sauerkraut. As mentioned – that was of course long time ago. Since then, Germany was not only globalized but had a huge influx of Italian and Turkish migrants (aka. Gastarbeiter) that shaped modern German cuisine and eating habits like no other nation. Kraut dishes have lost hugely importance in daily cooking (despite a revival cause of modern health food trends). However, there is one evening in the whole year when kraut still dominates dinner plates all over the country (see photograph taken from this blog): new years eve! The reason of course is that – as in many other countries – Germans believe that eating the right thing for new years eve increases monetory success the upcoming year. And, hey, sauerkraut does have a gold-like colour – right? – it …