Happy New Year everyone ...... travel safe.

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Happy New Year everyone ...... travel safe.
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Fri, 12-30-2011 - 10:26pm
If you are on the roads, travel safely. Turns out we are having a party after all, but only about 20 people so should be fun. All finger food. It is all planned in my hear but not quite in reality. Just jumping on here while I wait for the floor to dry. Here's the food, taking into account one celiac, one nut allergy, two diabetics and one pregnant friend.
A big bowl of potato chips...lol, can't go without those.
Thai hot and spicy cashews.
Salami platter.
Cheese platter.
Tapas olives of different colours
Spicy guacamole and a artichoke garlic dip.
A whole side of smoked salamon, sliced with all the extras.
Four kilos prawns, that I need to finish peeling. Still need to make a seafood sauce.
2 dozen lamb cutlets which are marinating and DH can BBQ.
4 kilos chicken wings, also marinating and will do in the oven.
A few store bought Indian balls that need ten minutes in the oven.
Doing wraps shortly with hummus, turkey and fig paste.
Heaps of crackers, corn chips and four long bread sticks
Can't think what else in the savory line.
In the dinning room will be half a lemon tart, a lemon cello cake (it was a gift to DH), a platter of chocolates, and a bowl of fruit salad.

I am hoping no one asks for coffee or tea. Lol. The drinks are all chilling under 8bags of ice outside in the big ice box.

Ok guess I need to get moving. Three and a half hours till party time.

Happy new year and see you all back here in 2012! How scary does that sound.
Celebrate and have fun whatever you are doing. Oh did I mention we are babysitting too, lol, should be an exciting night. I just bought some sparklers for the two year old. I can't wait till it is dark!
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Fri, 12-30-2011 - 11:17pm
Happy New Year, Suzi! Tomorrow night DH & I will be staying home alone. We will probably stay up until midnight because we have a lot of idiots setting off fireworks & guns, both illegal in our area.

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Sat, 12-31-2011 - 8:00pm
Well I did survive the party, a couple of people did not come due to bad reactions to chemo so ended up with 16. Because of this I did not make the guacamole and threw the store bought Indian balls into the freezer. Dd was going on to another party so I gave her the wraps to take with her and some chocolates. All we have left is a large handful of smoked salmon, a small handful of prawns and some chicken wings, so I guess that will be dinner. I was not a huge fan of the lemoncello cake, it was pretty dry. The tart disappeared as did the fruit salad. I did not notice till too late but the cheese platter must have been on a table away from people or crackers as it is pretty much not touched. Guess we will snack on it while swimming. Hope you survive the fireworks and guns...i don't get the guns thing, that is so scary.see you in 2012.
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Sun, 01-01-2012 - 1:17am

What a wonderful menu Suzi!

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Sun, 01-01-2012 - 1:21am

Lemoncello .. my friend's friend is Italian and he makes lemoncello.

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Sun, 01-01-2012 - 4:33pm
Left overs are pretty much all gone. The kids came for a swim and stayed to eat. The weather looks great today hope the cold wind stays away. They are coming later for a swim and a roast dinner, something different from Christmas food. Lol. Your lunch sounds yum. Arn't chickens in the Barbie great. I am thinking you should try beer can chicken. Intriguing name isn't it???...smile.
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Sun, 01-01-2012 - 4:42pm
The smell of lemon cello is so nice BUT I am not a spirits drinker, unless you count a gin and tonic or margarita when on holidays..hardly ever on holidays. You were one of the sensible ones that did not burn the midnight oil. Lol. I think I am still recovering. I sure hope today is a quiet one....at least till mid afternoon. Just taking a leg of pork out of the freezer. Looking forward to some crackling. Dd said she would bring a potato bake but I am thinking that just throwing a whole lot of veggies into the oven might be easier.

A win is a win, no matter what size. I forgot to buy a ticket. Lol. Maybe your win is a sign of good luck to come in 2012.
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Mon, 01-02-2012 - 3:35am

I know about beer can chickens but have never tried it!

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Mon, 01-02-2012 - 3:38am
waltonsmith wrote:

A win is a win, no matter what size. I forgot to buy a ticket. Lol. Maybe your win is a sign of good luck to come in 2012.

We won the princely sum of ............... wait for it

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Mon, 01-02-2012 - 5:48pm
Days of 36 and 37C...bring it on. Just chilling a bottle of champagne to have in the pool tonight. I know 2 have to work tonight so they won't be here, but since Dd left unopened dips and pâté and crackers here last night I am thinking they might be here again. Like you, I totally love it. Have some pork chops marinating just in case. The giant tray of every sort of veggie last night was fantastic and there would be just enough for us tonight I think ...so easy. Will see if I can find my camera and post a photo here shortly.

You must try the beer can chicken sometime. Keeps nice and moist and you can use any liquid. Hardest part is making the chicken sit up there. It looks pretty funny.
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Mon, 01-02-2012 - 6:00pm
I would be happy with that win. It is fun to win anything. The pork was delicious and if DH is home in time for lunch there is just enough left over for a sandwich. The crackling disappeared by the time it hit the table! Lol. I did not even get any. Next time you are doing a leg of lamb rub it with the salt and oil too. Yum. You can season the salt with anything you like.

I am hoping today to grab a whole hour to go through a cookbook I got from Santa , called Homemade by Anna Gare. It is soooooo good. I made an artichoke dip from it for new years eve. Must remember to only use 1clove of garlic next time since it is raw. Oh and when you want colour there is a beetroot horseradish that is awesome too, uses horseradish cream.That is as far as I have come taste testing so far.

About that potato bake....where's mine? Yum. I seem to have a lot of cream and sour cream in the fridge so guess I will be making one soon.
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