Spiced pumpkin laksa.
Nice a spicy and coconutty, a perfect soup for a cold night, I'd never done this before and wasn't too thrilled with it, there was a subtlety of flavour lacking somehow, a late addition of nam pla made it a bit better. Everyone seemed to like it though.
Whole baked salmon with tomatoes and salsa verde.
A tried and tested favourite, very simple but impressive. It's a whole salmon filleted into two pieces, laid on a bed of tomato, capers and garlic, with a layer of salsa verde making a filling between the two pieces, then baked in the oven. The hardest part of this is serving it as it's nearly impossible to slice through two seperate pieces of soft fish with a differently textured filling. It totally fell apart, but tasted lovely!
No cooking involved, not heavy or filling, nice easy finger food to nibble.
We played the Logo Game after food and helped along by several bottles of fizz, the baklava, some Carluccios chocolate stars and a smattring of advertising and marketing people who knew almost every single answer we arrived at midnight very happily. We popped out on to the terrace in the freezing cold and crystal clear night with Jools in the background (we had to fit him in somewhere) had more fizz and watched the fireworks erupt around us.