1.02.2011

A Spanish New Year's Eve Dinner (in pictures)

Happy 2011! It's finally here! A new year and a fresh start.  I just love that sense of newness that comes with the start of another year.  It's sort of like staring at a crisp white blank sheet of paper while holding an inky black pen, ready to start filling up the page with all of the events and happenings of another year of life.  Possibilities seem abundant and hopes are high that this will be a great and memorable year.  To help welcome 2011, I had some friends over on New Year's Eve for games, adult beverages and of course, food.....

Sangria got the party started!
We dined on Spanish food because cuisine from that region tends to be bold and packed with bright and exciting flavors, which seemed to be a fitting way to start the new year.  Also, a meal of pork served with beans is said to be very lucky to eat on New Year's Eve.  (Pork is said to signify prosperity and well-being and beans are said to symbolize wealth.  Finger's crossed, right?)

Fiona made out-of-this-world pork belly lettuce wraps
Served with corn and black bean salad and homemade spicy tomatillo salsa
I made a veggie paella-inspired rice 
Sarah made awesome cheese stuffed peppers with herbs and aged sherry vinegar

And for dessert, Cheesecake Flan
Sweet, creamy and cool..recipe to follow tomorrow
Happy 2011! May you're year be off to a great start!

15 comments:

Elizabeth said...

That flan looks to die for. I hope you'll post the recipe. And what a fun NYE meal you had!

Megan said...

Everything looks delicious. Perfect way to bring in the new year!

Alicia said...

Yum yum yum. LOVE flan. Recipe?

Beth B said...

Cool menu! :)

Jen said...

Looks like some great food! Happy New Year

Daisy said...

that sangria!! - so beautiful. nice job with the meal, fiona and sarah too :) Happy New Year!

Kinsey Michaels said...

yummy, that sangria looks delicious!
happy 2011!!

Emily said...

Looks delish! And I love what these foods symbolize.

Sirisha said...

I need your flan recipe please! It looks out of this world!

Kerstin said...

What a fantastic spread - Happy New Year!!

Rancilio Silvia said...

Here I seethe picture of a Spanish New Year's eve dinner. All the dinner food looks so tasty and yummy. I like cheesecake flan desert.

Demerit Points said...

Wow ! there are numbers of Spanish food varieties for the Spanish New Year's Eve dinner. Its looks so yummy and delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us.

meio ambiente said...

I really like the Spanish food item. Spanish food really tasty and delicious. It is a nice menu list for Spanish new year Eve party.

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