2010 New Year’s Eve Dinner Party

January 22nd, 2010  | Category: Friends, Memoir/Meme/Misc.

Christmas Turkey

A 22-pound butterball turkey, a tray full of dolmas, another tray full of artichokes in olive oil, stuffing, rice with roasted almonds, thinly sliced carrots cooked in turkey stock and sweetened with maple syrup, three large mixed salads with pomegranate seeds, another very exciting layered salad with shrimps, beets and avocado and crown roast of lamb stuffed with green beans and Brussels sprouts for those who prefer red meat. That was only half of our New Year’s Eve dinner menu.

I may still be digesting them. But wait before you see the desserts. Almost one dessert per person!

And this is the cake I’ve prepared for the dinner party. Chocolate genoise cake layers, light chocolate ganache layers and a surprise passion fruit curd layer in the middle. Dusted with Valrhona cocoa and prettied up with lots of shaved chocolate, it was hard to beat. I’ll tell you all about it in the next post.

Passion Fruit, Mango and Chocolate Cake

Before that, here is a photo gallery of the 2010 New Year’s Eve Dinner Party. Enjoy!


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Mixed salad with pomegranate seeds.

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  1. 1 - Carmen on January 22nd, 2010

    wow!! the cake seems yummy!!! is so drooling!

  2. 2 - caffettiera on January 22nd, 2010

    I am not sure if I am more excited about the pictures or the recipes. Thanks for sharing! I find the pomegranate theme the quintessence of festive. Did you plan/cook the whole thing by yourself?
    Can’t wait for the cake recipe, it looks really decadent.

  3. 3 - Natalia on January 23rd, 2010

    Cenk, the food looks delicious, it would be hard to choose for me, I would end with a bad case of indigestion. But the star of this post is the pictures, you are turning up to be quite a professional!
    About the pomegranates, we used to have a plant in the garden when I was little,in Argentina, but they always tasted sour.Are they supposed to be like that?

  4. 4 - leyla konuralp on January 23rd, 2010

    Cafe Fernando is just amazing,so impressed with your recipes,taste for food and design.
    Well done!

  5. 5 - Valérie on January 24th, 2010

    Un blog magnifique, délicieusement imagé … bon dimanche

  6. 6 - Siir on January 24th, 2010

    Merhaba Cenk, All foods looks so yummy.I m looking foward to knowing your fabulous chocolate cake recipe.I hope you have time writting it soon.

    Thank u.

  7. 7 - cherie on January 27th, 2010

    The party to end all parties!!!!

  8. 8 - joey on January 28th, 2010

    What a fabulous party! Wishing you all the best in 2010!

  9. 9 - Mrs Ergül on February 4th, 2010

    I can imagine how long it will take to finish digesting all those food ingested at the party! Lovely lovely party! I love what the kids get!

  10. 10 - Mrs.HymanRoth on November 23rd, 2010

    I would do anything to have your recipe for turkey stuffing and pecan tart! I also am wondering how you did the turkey! It looks amazing. This is my dream dinner party!!!!!!!!!!!!


  11. 11 - Cenk on November 24th, 2010

    Mrs. HymanRoth – I wish I had the recipes for those, but I don’t. Turkey stuffing was made with what was available that day and my friend tells me the pecan tart is from The Silver Palate Cookbook.

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