Sunday, January 01, 2023

Happy New Year!

Our New Year's Eve meal didn't quite turn out the way we envisioned. Ken went to the market yesterday morning and couldn't find any of the things we wanted at the fish monger's stand. No scallops, no langoustines, no langoustes. All sold out. He went to the supermarket to find the same situation, more or less. So he got something frozen.

Jumbo prawns and artichoke hearts. Taken with the Pixel 6.

We nibbled on a confit of tomato with basil spread on crackers as an appetizer. Then we ate prawns and artichoke hearts with a sriracha mayonnaise. The last dish was ready-made and frozen scallops baked in the shell with a béchamel kind of sauce. It was all good, but not quite what we had in mind. No matter. A few sips of Champagne rinsed away any sense of disappointment.

Baked scallops in béchamel. Taken with the Pixel 6.

Today a new year dawns. The black-eyed peas are already cooking on the stove (in turkey broth) and we have some boudin blanc to go with them. I'm going to make a batch of cranberry and pecan biscotti later this morning. Happy 2023!


  1. You guys know how to eat! Happy new year.

  2. And to think this delicious-looking meal was not your first choice! You two certainly are gourmets! Wishing you both a safe, healthy and joyful New Year!

  3. Happy New Year to you, Ken, Tasha and Bert! Even though second choice, your dinner looks top notch to me and I’m sure it was delicious.

  4. Happy New Year! Your second-choice dinner looks mighty fine. Thank you for the years of photos and stories. -- Chrissoup

  5. Someone makes Black eyed peas and I start my month of little to no eating.
    I wish you and yours a lovely new year of similar dishes like these in your photos

  6. How frustrating when plans go awry because the shops have sold out. Your substitutes look very tasty though.
    We wish you both a happy and healthy year to come.

  7. Happy New Year to you and Ken!


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