Tuesday, 1 January 2013

A Delayed Start

I  really think the New Year should officially start on 2nd or 3rd January. It's not that we tend to do wild New Year's Eve parties or anything but a late night combined with probably too much food and more wine than usual, make for a fairly low key start to the month.
 
 
It has become a bit of a tradition that we join friends who live just up the road for supper on New Year's Eve... usually only half a dozen of us. This year I made an clementine ice cream Bombe as my contribution to the meal. My version didn't look quite as elegant as Nigel Slater's in the Sainsbury magazine but it tasted pretty good and we all had second helpings!

 
Going with the chocolate orange theme I also made some macaroons and chocolate and orange Whoopie Pies. The Pies looked pretty horrendous and lumpy compared to the macaroons but there were none left at the end of the evening.

 
We did manage to get all the Christmas decorations down and put away this morning and had a walk as it was such a lovely sunny day for a change but since lunchtime I've not moved from the sofa. The New Year with its new energy and resolutions will begin properly tomorrow.
I hope your celebrations were good!

23 comments:

  1. Much the same as you Gina, joined friends to see in the new year and took the tree and decorations down this morning! No walk though as the energy levels are low due to a rotten cold! :(
    V xxx

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  2. ooh there's some chocolate heaven Gina. lol - I thought the ice cream bomb was made out of felt when I first looked at it duh!

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  3. I know what you mean by a slow start to new years I might get round to some resolving once I get off the sofa (but did manage a lovely walk before \i got stuck on the sofa

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  4. Sounds like a bit of over indulgence there Gina, never mind! I'm sure once in a while it's ok, you'll soon bounce back to your dynamic self! Hope you and yours have a Happy and Healthy 2013 and who knows we may actually meet up this year x

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  5. Best wishes for 2013, Gina. I hope that it is not as testing as 2012 but that it brings good things on the way.

    I am afraid that I am matching you - sofa for sofa but I am back to work tomorrow so I am not feeling too guilty.

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  6. I got the "Showstoppers" book too.......... and am also partial to a bombe! Happy New Year Gina! HAPPY NEW YEAR! :o))))))

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  7. I have been very lazy since Christmas but did manage a walk in the sun this morning. Can't even look at any more 'fancy' food! The decorations are still up, but will be packed away by the weekend.

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  8. Happy New Year Gina! It was such a lovely day we had to start the year with a trip to the coast :-) But we were in bed by 12.15am and hadn't consumed any alcohol. As for the decorations - I stick to the 12 days of Christmas and will pack them away at Epiphany (though the Christmas Tree may have to go before it sheds all its needles!!!)

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  9. Join the club, the New Year was off to a sluggish start this end too, we had a walk in the sunshine, then spent the afternoon on the sofa watching TV. The New Year will start tomorrow .

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  10. ooh yummy! Wishing you and your family a very very happy New Year.
    Kate x

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  11. ooh yummy! Wishing you and your family a very very happy New Year.
    Kate x

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  12. Mmmm, interesting supper, did it only consist of desserts...

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  13. Wishing you a happy new year and look forward to reading your blog in 2013

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  14. That sounds like a chocoholics heaven! I have to say our settee was feeling amazingly comfortable!!

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  15. Happy New Year to you all. The cakes look amazing.

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  16. I know what you mean! I felt really deflated yesterday, but today I feel ready to start the year! Wishing you a Happy and creative New Year xx

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  17. I am thinking I might tackle the decorations today. Not really looking forward to it much though. The house always looks so shabby afterwards.

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  18. Happy New Year Gina! I am very tempted to take the decorations down today - which is very unusual for me as I usually leave them up till the last possible minute. Small people are pleading for them to stay up till the weekend though, and they may well win.

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  19. A Very Happy New Year to you and yours, Gina! I hope it's a good one. Your last post brought a tear to my eye. xx

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  20. Now, that's the way to start the New Year -- Chocolate! It all looks wonderful! I've finally had a little catchup -- it looks like you've had a wonderful holiday!

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  21. Happy New Year Gina!

    Today *might* be productive in terms of getting decs down but I can't promise anything ; )

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  22. Delicious food on show again! Yum! happy New Year. x Jo

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  23. Its very hard to diet while reading your blog - your cakes and desserts are to die for and make me want to ransack my kitchen cupboards. They look superb.

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