Our New Year's Festivities involved going to Riverdale Farm and making mud angels, followed by careening down icy mud covered hills. Much fun. We returned home hungry and boisterous, ready to celebrate in style. Because I prefer just having fun with my friends when they are over, nearly the entire dinner was already prepared, and just had to be heated up. I rolled the sushi just before eating, but the feast was on the table not too long after we walked in.
We were fortunate to spend NYE with great friends. Thanks, great friends. I don't have a picture, but our great friends brought a fabulous dessert wrap using a tapioca wrapper filled with dragon fruit, lychee, pomegranate, etc, and decorated with mango puree, crushed cashews, basil leaves, and whisper thin slices of ripe star fruit. Stunningly gorgeous, my friends, as well as super yummy.
I am truly lucky to have such a wonderful family and friends to see the old year out with.
1. green onion pancakes
2. avocado sushi
3. wakame and carrot salad with sesame seeds
4. soup with coconut milk and lime juice
5. tofu and broccoli saute in lettuce leaf roll ups
6. truffles again!!!
The soup, pancakes ,and tofu can all be made ahead and heated up (I heated the tofu dish and the pancakes in the oven)
The salad can of course be made the day before and served cold or room temperature
The sushi is best made when you need it, and served at room temperature, but if you need to you can make it ahead and cut it just when you want to eat it. Hint -- for littlies, cut the pieces in half! (of course the rice can be made ahead). Serve with tamari and wasabi for those who like it.
The truffles can be made ahead and stored in the fridge or freezer until needed.
Wishing you all health, happiness, discovery, and peace for 2012.