At Year's End

Saturday, 31 December 2011


As the year draws to a close there are roses and snowdrops blooming in my garden.




Are the roses late and the snowdrops early, or are the roses early and the snowdrops late? As Tom says, it's all rather confusering.

In the kitchen however, I know where I am. A New Year's Eve feast to prepare. A picnic-style deli feast. I bought olives, hummus, roast peppers, cured meats and pitta bread. I made a lemony feta dip (a block of feta, juice and zest of a lemon, clove of garlic, glug of olive oil all processed together) flatbread, and some salted almonds.






And  piles of meringues and chocolate-ginger biscuit cake.



Before I go here is December's sampler


and a round-up of the past year here at The quince Tree


Have a very Happy New Year!



33 comments:

  1. Sue, I have loved reading your wonderful blog this year. Thank you. Have a fantastic 2012! xx

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  2. Happy New Year, May 2012 be a good year for Quince Trees. :)

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  3. Happy New Year
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  4. Happy New Year Sue - thank you for all the beauty and delicious goodness that you've shared here over the past year. It's been such a pleasure to visit.x

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  5. I really want to come to eat at your house. Everything always looks so tasty. Happy New Year!

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  6. What an exquisitely beautiful post!! My mouth is watering....the feta lemon dip....mmmmmm
    Happy New Year to you! I've loved reading your posts this year! Thank you! And I was just out and my quince is blooming!!!! Must be for you!!!!

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  7. Your lovely round-up image led me to look back to some posts of yours dating from before I discovered The Quince Tree - I am belatedly lost in admiration at the rainbow cake and the very tidy fridge. I think I'll see in the new year happily getting my own fridge in order.

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  8. lovely. lovely. happy new year. x

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  9. Happy New Year to you too ~ hope it's a good one for you :O)x

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  10. Happy New Year, Sue. May 2012 be full of tasty things from your kitchen for us all to share.

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  11. Thanks for sharing 2011 with us and I am looking forward to all your photos and recipe/food ideas in 2012. I'm also looking forward to getting my Quince Tree calendar out tomorrow!

    Happy New Year!

    xx

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  12. You lot eat better than any family I know. If your new years resolution is ever to take in a lodger, be sure to let me know.

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  13. Sue - Happy New Year to you and your family. I love your blog...thank you!

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  14. Anonymous4:57 am GMT

    Thanks for a year of mouth-watering recipes, fab photos and plain common sense. It's so refreshing!

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  15. happy new year Sue, may 2012 be filled with happiness and feasting x

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  16. Happy New Year. Hope it's a great one for you and your family.
    Cheers

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  17. Happy new year and what a wonderful pictoral finale!

    You NYE supper looks rather like our planned new years day tea

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  18. It's like coming to a fabulous virtual restaurant here. Happy New Year!

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  19. Happy New year Sue. Year round you make my mouth water. Thankyou!

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  20. Food as art, it all looks gorgeous as usual. Please don't take Ali as your lodger without taking me too, will you?

    Wishing you and your family a very happy New Year. I shall think of you every day this year when I look at my lovely calendar, thank you again.

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  21. Happy New Year Sue - thank-you for a fabulously mouthwatering year of posts. Seeing your year sampler reminded me to start saving a few jars - marmalade time is around the corner!

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  22. That feast looks delicious Sue! Happy New Year my bloggy friend, and may 2012 bring peace, health and prosperity to you and all who you hold dear x

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  23. Happy new year to you! Out walking today I saw primroses blooming so yes it is confusing. Just also to say thanks for all your inspiration - the 2011 sampler reminded me that the rainbow cake inspired me to make one for my Dad's 70th birthday celebrations! Suitably fun and large enough to feed lots of people over several days! May the quincetree blog be as fruitful this year!

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  24. I really like to look at your blog. It helps to keep me in touch with what is happening in England
    Your photos are wonderful and I am afraid if I could cook like you, you would have to roll me out the door!
    Happy new year!

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  25. Happy New Year! Thank you for much inspiration, both kitchen & camera!

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  26. happy new year !
    your new year's feast looks delicious...perhaps you can share your recipe for "lemony feta dip"? yum...!

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  27. Lemony feta dip -slab of feta, juice and zest of a lemon, clove of garlic, slug of olive oil -processed together, more olive oil drizzled on top. Delicious!

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  28. Pati from London8:22 pm GMT

    Happy new year to you and your loved ones!! x Pati

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  29. Your New Year's Eve feast looked just like our Christmas lunch! Just can't do all the roast and trimmings in the heat. Much prefer cold meats and deli gorgeousness though.
    Happy New Year and thank you for your inspiration!
    Sandra x

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  30. Angela Bickerton11:21 am GMT

    Happy New Year. I do hope you are alright. You normally write so prolifically and there has been quite a gap. Fingers crossed. X

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  31. I'm fine thanks Angela. There hasn't been a gap. I've written 8 posts since this one :o)

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  32. Angela Bickerton11:22 am GMT

    Phew. Prolific as ever then.Glad all is well. I can't understand why the new posts aren't coming up on my screen. Odd.

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