I wanted to share a very special menu that I have served for many years first on Chrismas Eve (that year a repeat for New Year’s Eve!) and now for New Year’s Eve or very special occasions. The original recipe appealed to me in a magnificent cookbook Glorious Food by Christopher Idone published by Stewart Tabori & Chang in 1982. If you can find a copy grab it immediately, the entire book, for it’s exquisite photography alone, is one you will want in your cookbook library.
PASTA WITH CAVIAR
6 to 8 ounces fresh fettuccine (be sure it is fresh not dried makes all the difference)
4 ounces clarified butter (must be clarified!)
Grated zest of one lemon
7 ounces of fresh Sevruga caviar
Cook the pasta in unsalted water until it reaches the desired doneness
Drain in a colander and return to pot. Toss with butter and zest.
Turn the pasta out onto a warm plate, I am using some of my vintage green transferware in this photo along with vintage crystal and my best sterling flatware, and top with as much caviar as you like in the center. Each person will mix their caviar into their pasta.
Serve with a vintage champagne, it is New Year’s Eve after all!
This is very rich, I don’t serve anything before and do a light salad after the entree using a mixture of greens tossed with drained mandarin oranges, slivered almonds and a light vinegarette.
The salad waiting for its accoutrements.
I always do a lavish dessert, sometimes a pot au chocolate (I’ll give you that recipe another time) or Strawberries Romanoff! All, of course, with more champagne!
NENA’S STRAWBERRIES ROMANOFF
1 pint fresh ripe strawberries
Fresh whipped cream
Wash, hull, and slice, in half, the strawberries place in a bowl with a lid or a bowl you can tightly cover, coat liberally (you aren’t sweetening the whipped cream) with powdered sugar, add as much orange liquor as you like (I like!), probably a couple tablespoons, but don’t over do, taste to see if you have enough you can always add more. This mixture needs to be refrigerated for at least a couple of hours, more if you have the time, the more it marinates the better the flavor. Toss every so often. When you put the berry mixture into the refrigerator put your bowl and beaters in the freezer to chill. Stiffly whip the cream just before serving, and fold into the strawberries. Serve immediately. I like to serve in coupe glasses.
The strawberries in their liquor bath!
Enjoy your New Year’s Eve celebration from the Ivon kitchen to yours!