Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ringing in the New Year - what a blast!

So it turns out that fireworks are legally sold here in Germany between Christmas Day and New Years Eve. Actually, they go on sale on December 27th. Zev COULD NOT wait to go down to the store when he got home from work on the 27th, to go and buy fireworks. Look at his sweet face. He can't decide which firework is his favorite.

We invited some friends over for a NYE party at our house. As you all know, I married a secret gourmet chef who moonlights as an Air Force Officer. Zev cooked up an amazing array of appetizers, including blue and goats cheese wrapped in puff pastry; endives with caviar or shitake mushrooms and a special mustard sauce; twice baked potatoes with a delicious filling; dates wrapped in bacon; spinach pinwheels and this delicious crepe dessert with Grand Marnier sauce filling. Here Zev has graciously provided a cooking demonstration on how to construct his crepe cake. It's as easy as 1,2,3,4....

We put to use the cheese markers that Lauren and Deven and family bought us for Christmas.

The crepe concoction with orange shavings on top.

Adele and Romain brought along their delicious homemade foie gras with gelee. What a treat!

Outside, Zev had set up a "launching station" to launch the rockets from our balcony. We got approval from Heinz and Magda beforehand to set off fireworks from our balcony and they were fine with it. We even saw them watching the "show" at midnight!!

Let the show begin!!!

Zev made sure that us girls had some sparklers to wave around in celebration.

And then he got down to business and lit off the "big boy" fireworks, along with Daniel, Romain and Ryan.

Ryan made sure that he had good safety procedures in place. He kept suggesting that Zev wear his safety googles too but Zev was too excited with all the fireworks going on to go and get his safety goggles.

The picture of a very happy man.

It was a wonderful start to the new year.


People in the street were letting off fireworks- we saw fireworks going off for at least 40 minutes straight. Hence the thick fog at around 1240am...Yes, those are car tailights that you can see. We couldn't believe that cars were driving through this fog!

The day after. The debris didn't take too long to pick up though.

Here's to a lovely 2010!

Love and hugs,
Zev and Fi xoxo


Laura and Ryan said...

I love the last pic! The fireworks look like fun! I'm glad you guys were surrounded by friends for the New Year!

Vikings and Blueberries said...

Looks like you all had such a great time! Those appetizers sound SCRUMPTIOUS too! ;)