This was my third New Year’s Eve in Australia. I spent the last two in parties with friends so I decided it was about time to watch the famous Sydney Harbour fireworks. Even my dad watches them every year on TV! My sister and I studied the vantage points and decided to go to Bicentennial Park in Glebe, which is conveniently located 30 minutes away from home (walking).
We arrived some minutes after 5 pm expecting a big crowd but there weren’t many people yet. The weather was beautiful so we enjoyed some sun exposure (vitamin D!) while people-watching.
People at Bicentennial Park
Around 6 pm we started feeling peckish and got our nibbles out: zucchini & almond Flats, tomato & basil Flats, homemade guacamole, organic beef jerky from Marion Plains Pastoral bought at Eveleigh markets and raw mixed nuts. To drink, we had a little bottle of Jacob’s Creek sparkling (which remained closed), a Brown Brothers Pinot Grigio, and lots of water (sparkling and plain).
When I lived in Perú I usually spent New Year’s Eve camping or travelling. My family always gets together at my parents’ house for dinner, they buy stuffed chicken breast with prunes, and eat it with rice, applesauce and salad.
We realised that we had brought too little booze (it was NYE after all!). We watched the 9 pm fireworks and then walked back home to get some more.
9 pm fireworks, seen from Bicentennial Park
I grabbed a bottle of Merlot from my “cellar” but really felt like drinking cider. Our plan was to watch the midnight fireworks at Sydney Park, meaning there were plenty of open bottle shops in our way. We got a four-pack of Montheits apple cider and headed to my sprint hill, realising it looks very different in the middle of the night with a bunch of drunk Newtown people.
Midnight fireworks, seen from Sydney Park
I woke up early on New Year’s Day, walked Rubi (my housemate’s dog) and got breakfast ready. We had sweet potato hash with caramelized onions, sausage & eggs (recipe here), using pork & fennel and pork & caramelized onion sausages I bought at the markets.
Sweet potato hash with caramelized onions, sausage & eggs
Back home we used to have New Year’s Day lunch at my uncle & aunties’ place. I loved the traditional menu: nishime (a delicious Japanese stew), fried mochi and sometimes dessert mochi. Unfortunately, for convenience’s sake that tradition has been lost and nowadays they order KFC. I know, sad. And gross. This year I would have loved to make nishime but since it’s not Paleo I decided to make something Peruvian: cebiche de pato (duck cebiche), with a free-range bird I bought at Establishment 218. The recipe will be in my next post.
Cebiche de pato