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Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

It started last year, when we decided to spend New Years Eve at home, just the two of us. While we were thinking about it then, we decided that we'd rather be in the islands, but there was no way to get there. So, we decided to have an island holiday at home.

Since last year was so much fun, we decided to do it again this year.

New Years Eve Caribbean Menu
Chilled Avocado Soup
Jerk Chicken
Glazed Carrots
Coconut Rice
Fried Plantains
Strawberry Margarita Pie

We started with the Chilled Avocado Soup, which was very good. We'd had Avocado Soup as an appetizer in Bonaire when we went to Papaya Moon. We loved their chilled avocado soup, and I tried to recreate it. I didn't quite do it. While the recipe that I followed was good, the recipe still needed something. I tried it the next day with some added cilantro and lime, but it still wasn't right. Plus, this isn't a recipe that is good the next day.

Here is a photo. I took these, and you will see why I don't usually post photos of the food that I cook, as I'm a terrible photographer...

From New Years Eve 2008

Once we'd enjoyed our soup, next up was the main course. I had prepared the Jerk Chicken the night before, so I just needed to prepare the basting sauce. Todd did most of the work preparing the fried plantains, although we didn't get them exactly like the delicious ones we'd had at Cactus Blue. I made a spicy guava dipping sauce for the plantains (just guava jelly mixed with chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce).

From New Years Eve 2008

The recipes for the glazed carrots, strawberry margarita pie and coconut rice came from the cookbook from Turneffe Island Lodge.

From New Years Eve 2008
So, we cooked everything and had a great time doing it. It was very fun and everything was perfect. The jerk chicken was delicious and easy.
From New Years Eve 2008

The carrots and rice were tasty, the strawberry margarita pie was refreshing.

... So, we drank a few beers, ate our tasty meal and then settled in to watch the ball drop. Only, my eyelids started falling at around 11:30. The next thing I know, I wake up and it's 12:15. So, my first new years of my 30s and I celebrate by sleeping through midnight. Oh well. It was a good sleep :)

Another reason to have a DVR (which we don't have)... we could have pretended it was midnight later on....

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