New Year’s Eve Dinner

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It seems a lot of people are opting for a quiet New Year’s Eve – myself and my better half included. Having partied in many a new year in the past, this year most of our friends have dispersed into their own houses, flats and ”no plans” arrangements, which after a hugely indulgent and busy Christmas seems like the best idea we’ve all had all year!..

But staying in for New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to mean boring. What better way to see in 2012 this year than a gorgeous home-cooked dinner for two – or a few, perhaps something spicy, something which can be cooked together, some sharing plates – whatever you fancy, New Year’s Eve 2011 is a great opportunity for a relaxed late candle-lit dinner.

Here are my New Year’s Eve menu suggestions:

1. Duck Braised in Spiced Orange Juice
Turn to Vietnam in Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey book for his Duck braised in spiced orange juice. Spicy, hearty and full of Christmas spices – serve with Jasmine rice cooked with a cinamon stick, and a teaspoon of turmeric to infuse more winter spice flavour and turn the rice a beautiful golden colour.

Try this with: JACKSON ESTATE – Green Lip Sauvignon Blanc – £10.92,

2. Boeuf Bourguignon
Go gourmet with a Masterchef inspired Boeuf Bourguignon – a cosy warming dish perfect served up with some creamy mashed potatoes and a large glass of full bodied spicy red wine.

Try this with: The Little Penguin Shiraz – £5.99, Available at Sainsbury’s

3. Killer Jerk Chicken
For family style sharing, Jamie is king. Everyone can muck in making any of his 30-minute meals but for a special celebration and a really full table of food that everyone can dig in to I’d go for the spicy Killer Jerk Chicken with rice & beans, salad and chargrilled sweetcorn.

Try this with: Torres Via Esmeralda 2010 – £7.30

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