Happy 2016

Wow, 2015 zipped by in a blaze of activity.  No complaints about the year, it had so many good points and a few less so; hoping you feel satisfied with your 2015, too.

At midnight we eat pickled herring and sweet pickles to welcome the New Year.
At midnight we eat pickled herring and sweet pickles to welcome the New Year.

New Year’s Eve, for most, is a time to party, play, light fireworks and over indulge late into the night.  We usually travel to visit friends that we don’t see often, sip wine, talk and laugh and make it to bed shortly after midnight as we are all tuckered out.  Historically we have a piece of pickled herring and a sweet pickle before retiring to welcome in the new year on a positive note.  There are lots of superstitious traditions around food for good luck; my Grandmother introduced me to the pickled herring and sweet pickles a long time ago and I cherish the memory each time we welcome January 1st.

Bacon & kumquats, a perfect pairing.
My new tradition, crispy bacon and kumquats on New Year’s morning, with a glass of bubbly; Happy New Year!

This year I am still coughing and sniffling from my Christmas cold and didn’t want to spread the germs, so we are home for this celebration (putting a new floor into the hall bathroom, I am a lucky girl!).  We will still have our herring and pickle because that just has to happen.  But in the morning we will have a new tradition for breakfast: bacon and kumquats.  Those bitter sweet tiny citrus fruits that ripen in time for December’s holidays are perfect with the salt and fat of bacon.  This is a new revelation for me because this is the first year I have eaten bacon at all, ever, willingly.  We have a local supplier that uses no msg or soy, I tried it and liked it; a huge surprise to everyone that knows me.  We have eaten kumquats for forever, but the pairing is fantastic!  What a lovely Christmas discovery.  I believe I have purchased most of the kumquats in Walla Walla County this year as I love them.  The staff at the local super market that carry them have all heard me exclaim the virtues of this tiny fruit all month, wonder how many will actually try them. Have you eaten kumquats?

Brut Sparkling wine to pair with bacon and kumquats.
Choose your favorite sparkling wine to pair with bacon and kumquats on New Year’s morning.

Decadent as kumquats and bacon are together, add a sparkling wine of your choice and you have a blissful way to break your fast on New Year’s morning.  I think the Brut will be best as the bacon and kumquats lend themselves to the dry wine.  Let me know if you try something else and enjoy it.  This will now become ‘tradition’ in our house.  Mmm!

Have you New Year’s Eve traditions? New Year’s morning?  Please share.

Susan & Travis wishing you Happy New Year!
At midnight we eat pickled herring and sweet pickles to welcome the New Year.

We wish you a healthy, prosperous and happy 2016.  Cheers!

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