Platters of international hors d'oeuvres kept floating till around 10 pm, including:
- Deviled eggs with shredded carrots and cwikla (beets with horseradish)
- Mini European weniers grilled in the fireplace and served with German mustard and swiss cheese
- Leaks and oriental noodles fried dumplings with chili relish and pickled green beans
- Hawaiian pizza bites with marinated artichokes
Cleansing the palates by a lovely simple salad bursting with different flavours: greens, blue cheese, pecans and home made poached anjou pears in marsala with the sauce used in the vinaigrette.
At 11:00 pm, the feast was served in artisan Iranian hand engraved white brass platters, brought directly from the Great Imam Bazaar in Shiraz - Leg of Lamb with rosemary prune sauce, creamed spinach, roasted potatoes and cauliflower/broccoli in white cheese sauce.
Midnight fireworks drew us out into the neighbourhood wishing neighbours happy new year to return and warm up with a tray of home baked goods and a platter of "Eish El Sarayah" (Bread of the royalties) - bread soaked with sugar syrup covered with cream and pistachios.
Happy New Year! Hello 2011...