Well it’s finally here- a brand new year full of new beginnings and plans! That I think alone deserves some kind of celebration.
I can remember that every New Years Eve my friends and I would go out partying till the early hours going from bar to bar then head to a club for the count down to the new year. Now however I prefer a more quieter celebration, including a few drinks and an evening meal.
This year we headed to a Lebanese restaurant called Aqua where we feasted on some amazing food…
For my starter I choose the mousakka made using aubergines, chickpeas and a lovely tomato sauce.
The main was quite epic and considering my recent indulgences I thought that I might as well go all out with a huge calazone filled with goats cheese, pesto, roasted peppers, tomatoes and olives. It was totally delicious but seriously big. I had to give half to Alfie to eat for me as it was too much.
Dessert? Yes please.
We decided to share a waffle dessert with grilled bananas, ice-cream with chocolate and caramel sauces…yum!
It was such a lovely meal and a great way to see in 2012. We headed home to continue the rest of our celebrations as some of our neighbours were letting off fireworks, which are always good.
The celebrating with food didn’t stop there as on New Years Day we headed to Alfie’s family home for a big celebration and a huge meal. Lots of jollof rice, salad and cheesecake were consumed.
Although I felt no guilt what so ever eating all of this yummy and rich food I did start to feel really lethargic and bloated all of the time. Hence, this morning I kick started my healthier eating habits this morning with a green smoothie.
This one consisted of spinach, cos lettuce, 3 plums, water and almond extract. It was super green and super good- exactly what I needed! I also made a lovely broth for lunches this week too. It’s really satisfying but doesn’t sit heavy on the stomach which I think my body needs right now. I will be documenting my cleaner and lighter foods on the blog to share with you all this month too.
How did you see in the New Year? Do you have any traditions that you do every New Years Eve?
Are you eating more healthier foods now after any festive indulgences?