My girl friend and I were supposed to cook California Osechi (Japanese New Year’s Meal) at her place all day on December 30. All day here means from 9am to 5pm like work hours and I was going home by 6pm.
We stayed up till 5am to create and order a Shutterfly photo book of our Paso Robles trip. Of course, it was impossible for us to get up early. Our day started at 11:30am.
She decorates for New Year around the house. I figured it would be Monkey year 2016.
After relaxing with coffee and chocolate, I started making scallop terrine. Without seeing or tasting the actual dish, it’s hard for me to follow the written recipe.
Brunch: Mini Vegetable Bao x 3
Another girl friend showed up with Mumm Pink. Our first toast on the day. Yay!
Decoration for Girls Day (March 3) and Boys Day (May 5)
She’s cooking beef wraps.
Came out perfect!
Second bottle: Magnifico Grapefruit Sparkling Wine
Two of us kept cooking and other one kept pouring into glass. All of us enjoyed drinking and sampling food.
Squid Ink Lotus Root, Scallop Terrine, Smoked Salmon & Turnip, Potato Chips
Are we sampling or started fully enjoying food and drinks!? This is so fun anyway! I wish they lived closer to me, so I could’ve done this with girls more often.
Pan Rosted Beef with Soy Sauce & Wasabi, Shio-Koji Shrimp
More food to come. These recipes are so amazing. It takes Japanese Osechi concept and turn into something American people (like my husband) could enjoy.
When wanting another glass at this point, I realized it was already 5pm and I should stop here to wrap up if going home on time. But, I felt more drink and we still had a few more items to cook, so I called him and he nicely said I could stay one more night with my friend. Really? Sure!
Marinated Italian Vegetable, More Smoked Salmon & Turnip
She opened another bottle of white, 2012 Austin Hope (100% Roussanne). My favorite. OMG, I had had how many glasses???
We went to bed earlier this night around 1:30am.
A lot of girls talk and good food & drinks…what a bliss!