happy new year | a cooking competition
Most years, the ‘competition’ takes place on Christmas Eve, but for reasons of scheduling and the fact that heavy drinking and New Year’s Eve seem to go hand in hand, we moved the even to last night. And I have to say, this was the best year yet.
The teams are this: boys vs. girls. My sister, sisters-in-law and me on one team and my brothers, husband and brother-in-law on the other team.
Every year, the rules have been tweaked. This year, the guide lines were this:
Each team makes two sandwiches and two drinks. Enough to serve the crowd. We had a budget of $65 (minus liquor and pantry staples) and 1 1/2 hours to cook.
Now, that seems like a long time, but with 8 adults, one stove and a not huge kitchen to work in, it always comes down to the wire. And usually a little over.
After given our directions for the competition, planning went into action. No fewer that 600 texts were sent between the players on Sunday to get ready for the big game..er…I mean party. On a separate note, I am incredibly grateful for unlimited texting plans.
The girls served a grilled apple bacon and cheddar sandwich with onion jam (friggin’ amazing!) and a shrimp po’ boy. I had never made a po’ boy before, but man was it good.
The drinks ranged from cinnamon roll milkshakes to bloody mary’s to spiked minty coffee and an ‘adult’ high C orange drink. Let me tell you, that was a heck of a lot of drinks. But hey, that’s what New Year’s Eve is for. Drinking, apparently.
So in the end, the food was incredible, the drinks were comforting and we only broke two glasses in the process. Not bad at all.
I am well aware that this is not a typical way to spend the holiday, but I have to say that I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a blast. And I’m already planning on next year.