New year parties!! Is there any other way to welcome new year? Well, for all the years I lived with my parents or was close enough to visit family on new year, we have celebrated it the same way. The 31st December morning is dedicated to cleaning house and fridge. Fridge cleaning was about finishing up all cooked items so that no leftover enters the new year with us! after all, eating a year old food won’t be very fancy, right? Emailing colleagues was done on the last working day. Today was for emailing, calling, texting friends and relatives.
By evening we will start getting together for the celebration. Food & TV used to be the highlight for all of it. The nearby societies celebrated with open air dance & music. The music was always loud enough to make your windows do the feet tapping for you! One enjoys initially but it becomes too much when you have to up the volume for your TV and vocal chords alike. Coming back to TV being highlight, we initially started with news channels which do a year recap. Skipping a section (say entertainment etc) was easy.
This will now be met with food and travel section where we used to run our favorite memories of the year via photographs while snacking on some finger licking stuff (literally). For some reason we enjoyed stuff to be eaten using hands with a dip or chutney and thus licking fingers was essential. You don’t want to waste the precious by wiping hands on a napkin….unless you have guests at home! When I was younger, I also used to make this scrapbook of interesting clips from newspaper. Like some cartoon or news stuff or sketches etc. My dad collects clippings till date. I switched onto bookmarking after few years of doing this.
After the finger licking exercise, we got to wash our hands for now is the grueling session of watching new year special telecasts on various channels. Indian television channels telecast some stage shows etc full of on stage comedies, performances on dance numbers and sometimes award functions on new year eve. This is usually non stop but then the ad breaks are very long as well. Thus the need to wash hands and using remote and fighting for it is common. By this time the open air music is taking its’ toll on us so its better to switch to something of similar nature after all. Again the older me started to help my mom in kitchen as well. We always have something special for new years’ eve and the menu has to include some homemade desert as well.
For years, I have hated watching television part of this tradition where I have felt that we should go out to celebrate. My parents actually sleep early and for them everything starts after sunrise. So they will go to bed in time and their kids (me & my brother) will celebrate through the night! I think I love the compromise and the family time in all this. So long story short, new year parties and countdowns for me are best done at home now. Last eve was the first one in this country so I followed their tradition by going to Navy Pier and watching fireworks at -25 degrees Celsius on the lakeside! Imagine doing that on the first night of arrival specially when the lowest you have experienced in your whole life was in positive or 0 degrees! We waited for almost 2 hours after that to get an Uber home and witnessed 7x surge pricing just after the fireworks. Luckily I had an awesome company of my husband and his friend.
This year we ditched going to the city and saw the fireworks from our window while speaking with our families back in India. I started my morning after a heated debate with my husband which had set the mood for my day. This was followed by almost 12 hour long silence from my side! I continued with the tradition of cleaning the house and skipped lunch etc as well. Since we had decided to eat deep dish Pizza for dinner, I didn’t had to plan cooking. Well, after hours I had a sparkling clean house and then the afternoon work got transformed into chit chat session between brothers. I resisted participation and finally decided to cook something to occupy my mind and to follow tradition of years!
To make the evening special, I decided on a Rose Champagne Cocktail and Homemade Jalebis!
It was my first time for these items and thus I did my research and spoke with my mother to decide on the recipe I followed later. I also wanted to keep it a surprise and hence started doing this when the two went out to get Pizza. (Yes, it is quick to make stuff). I will soon post the recipes for both of these and link them here. I also made a list of my new year resolutions and being active on the blog and gym were the top two for me! I so want to share the amazing food I have been eating for all these days with everyone. Keep reading, those will be posted soon 🙂
I had to start speaking when I was made to open the bottle and then the evening of fun, movies, music, drinks, good food just went on and on. How did you celebrate and what was your resolution for 2017?