New Year’s Eve for 2012 in the Kiwidutch household is turning out to be a fairly low key affair.
We’ve had friends over with their two children, seven year old twins and enjoyed a tapas style dinner from 5 o’clock onwards of all sorts of odds and ends that included roasted potatoes, parsnips, pumpkin, and sweet potato, boiled carrots (kid favourite) a large bag of giant prawns divided into two lots, half with an indecent amount of garlic and fresh coriander (a.k.a. cilantro) the other also with an indecent amount of garlic and a very decent amount of fresh chilli.
I made Piedmontese Peppers
, garlic and herb bread, an Armenian recipe of meat and herbs wrapped in grape leaves, we had a sage,onion, sausage meat and orange meatloaf, fresh cucumber and red capsicums a cheeseboard and olives and finished off with one of our family favourites: My Aunty Barbara’s Danish Pastry:
At 9.30 we set off some fireworks for the younger kids to enjoy and my brother in law picked up Kiwi Daughter for a sleepover at their place, our guests departed with their son who is disabled and for whom a whole evening of events is too much, whilst his sister stays here at our place for a sleepover to keep Little Mr. company.
The rain which has been stuck into the Dutch calendar for most of this year, is continuing true to form tonight which is damping the spirits of some firework enthusiasts but making the fire departments a little happier.
Himself has taken the kids to visit friends just down the road and will be back to ring in the New Year as the local noise level rises to the level of “small war zone” as more than sixty million Euro’s worth of fireworks will be exploding as the clock strikes midnight.
Here is just a tiny fraction of the firework display that the Dutch traditionally bring in the New Year with…
It will be a deafening start to 2013, noisy and exuberant, full on, as 2013 literally enters with a bang… However you celebrate your New Years Eve, wherever in the world you are, I wish you a very happy, safe and healthy 2013 full of much laughter, joy and fun ! Happy New Year!!!