Monday, December 30, 2013


Well we are all stocked up for New Year but the young
people are all going
down town to street party so we old folk will be home alone.
The sky train will probably be running all night and the police will be
also working hard to keep drinking and driving under control

We would love a society without police but it seems we need them
more and more.
Apart from all the snacks that we got,
New Year is usually all sea food in our house.

This year I have a roast beef marinating 48 hours.
I plan to still make the wine leaves and samosas and roast potatoes
but the salmon will have to wait as well as the Coquilles St Jacques
shrimp, calamari, sushi. I wanted to get octopus but it was all from Asia
so I didn't.Maybe I'll find some in another store from Canada or the US.

They had beautiful ocean perch I couldn't resist so I will fry it tonight.
They also have beautiful carp but no one eats it cause it's a bottom cleaner
 and although our lakes are all clean, the pollution is at the bottom and
eaten by fish. This won't change for another 200 years.
 My Mom made carp with tomato sauce.
First she put flour on slices ( we just cut through the whole fish to make about 6 portions,
or you can also cut the fish in half lengthwise and then cut 1 1/2 inch slices from each side
 which made about 12 slices) and fried it, then she fried onions and
made a nice tomato sauce.
She would place the fish pieces in pyrex and cover the fish slices and bake at 350.
Then we let it cool and put it  into the fridge for when we needed it .
It is delicious cold .

We still have fondue, ham to glaze with melted butter honey and corn syrup
and a pork roast with garlic and rosemary but this
 will be too much for just 2 people. So we will just have to make smaller meals
 for when we have more people to eat and hope for the best.

Living on the west coast takes some getting used to .
We always celebrate at midnight
by opening the TV for the count down from New York but here its at 9 PM not midnight.

By the time it is midnight here, no one is awake to celebrate and the TV doesn't  do
 much with the celebrations they have on Vancouver Island.
The best is from Hong Kong NY and
then they show bits from Australia and other countries.
It works for us cause we say Happy New Year at 9 pm and we can go to bed and
the kids can go out or party at home.

I hope every one has a splendid day tomorrow.
I will drink a toast to all my friends on A Lady's Life
so no one will be forgotten.
Hope the New Year is a better year for peace, love, prosperity,
health and friendship world wide.





George said...

I hope you and your family have a healthy and happy 2014. Your seafood and roast beef sounds delicious.

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks George !!

blogger tset said...

We don't stay up until midnight either. Haven't done it in years.

Wow, sounds like a LOT of yummy food for two! Here's wishing you a lot of visitors to share it with.

Thanks for your continued visits to Villigen. I haven't been able to "get out much" and comment on other blogs, but I always appreciate hearing from my readers.

Happy 2014!

Gattina said...

Happy New Year to you too ! We had a wonderful party with all my friends at my neighbor's house (also a friend) and although we had intended to leave after midnight, it was suddenly 2.30 am ! We really had a lot of fun.

A Lady's Life said...

Thanks Blogger Tset.
I think most people are just happy to stay home and relax.
The rest of the year is all very

A Lady's Life said...

Gattina I am so glad you had a nice time with friends and made some memories.