There were home dried tomatoes with a piquant dressing
followed by this elegant pasta dish of ham and chiodini mushrooms, invented by Irma
and served on a basil purée:
Then there was roast pork
prettily served with a fennel and orange salad and apple purée:
Now, I have to say I'm proud of this. I had invented a semifreddo of white torrone to take along as a dessert. I got the idea from a magazine but the recipe seemed unnecessarily complicated to me, so I adapted the semifreddo of marrons glacés recipe from Il Cucchiaio d'Argento and it worked very well. I found the chocolate letters and numbers in the supermarket. [They are by paneangeli, if you're in Italy.]
After that, there was Irma's cobaita [or giuggiulena in dialect]
plus mustaccioli biscuits filled with nuts and fig paste and nucatoli honey biscuits.
Now I have to find room for a dish of lentils, to bring myself good fortune in the New Year!
Happy 2011, everybody, from Simi and me! xx woof!