So my family has this crazy new year’s tradition where we welcome in the new year with a gourmet dinner, consisting of the number of courses of the new year. We have reached 19 now, and boy, it has become a bit of an epic cook-off.
We are a bunch of amateurs that really enjoy eating (and drinking) well, and this is a fun project that gets discussed and nitpicked to every last detail from Christmas Day onwards.
This year we decided to cook from one chef’s cookbooks only and it was fantastic. We love Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s uncomplicated but delicious approach to cooking South African and his recipes are easy to make with intense flavors.
My sister’s kids are now cooking along with us, my daughter made the pannacotta. We divide the rest of the recipes between us and make seriously small portions, but 19 courses are still a challenge. Here some photos of our French Affair – lots of laughs and another memorable new year’s party!