New Year’s Eve 2010

January 1, 2011

This year, Ben and I played it low key and drove down to Red Hill. We had my parent’s house all to ourselves. We were both thankful to finish work early, which let us escape at around 4pm.


First we stopped off at Brighton beach for a swim. It was 40 Degrees, and a cool-off was very welcomed. Bathing in the cool, velvety water was wonderful, my first swim of the season.

There are few things I love more than the feeling of salty skin after a swim. I love the smell too… Summer.

Champagne, Prosciutto, Melon

We arrived at Red Hill and popped the champagne. Prosciutto (leftover from Christmas) was enjoyed with melon slices, which is a favourite dish of Ben’s. We ate this in Rome on our first trip there 5 years ago, and ever since then Ben has been hooked. I love it too – the sweetness of the melon and prosciutto really complement each other. We were lucky enough to get some really lovely cantaloupe too, which absolutely made the dish.

Prawn Pasta

A little while later we made prawn pasta, which to me is summer personified on a plate. Seafood pasta is probably both of our all time favourite dish. Big call, I know. But it is true.

We used green prawns and sauteed them in garlic and some olive oil. Next we added white wine, then butter and loads of fresh parsley. We used linguini and cooked it al dente.

It was really delicious. The perfect meal on a warm Summer’s eve.

More Champagne was consumed, as we ate outside and planned our trip (we leave for Vietnam in 1 week!) We also finished off Dad’s pink grapefruit and champagne sorbet.

Early Bird Special

We then headed inside and crashed on the cousch to watch Raising Arizona. We made it 30 minutes into the movie and then fell asleep (which was no testament to the quality of the movie, it was actually hilarious!) I qualify for a seniors discount now, don’t I?

So, we’re officially old, but I don’t care. It was absolutely brilliant. We went to bed at 10:30pm and slept until 8:15am.

We’re now off to the Red Hill Market for more amazing food. What a fabulous way to start 2011.

This year I am looking forward to travelling South East Asia, spending time with family and friends, becoming a more experienced Dietitian, saving for a house, planning our Wedding and having more blogging fun! I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Heidi xo

* New Year’s Resolution: ironically, last week I decided that my resolution would be to get to bed earlier. I think I got a head start on this one last night. A+

  • Jacqueline January 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Happy New Year Heidi!:)
    Hope you have a wonderful year and continue to inspire us all with your lovely posts!
    Here it's still 2010…we are preparing dinner!:)
    Lots of love from Brazil

  • Chanel11 January 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Sounds like a great evening! Hubby and I did the same thing last year, this year we managed to stay up til Midnight, our movie of choice was Weird Science haha

    Happy new year love

  • msihua January 1, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Happy New Year Heidi!!

    Sounds like a good year ahead 🙂 Enjoy and good luck.. I just woke up from my nana sleep 🙂

  • Laura Preston January 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    we made it to bed just before midnight – but being Sydney the fireworks kept us up!
    happy new year

  • Michelle Chin January 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Happy New Year. 🙂 I love prawn pasta too. I prefer them with chili flakes though

  • Heidi January 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Jacqui – thank you for your kind words, you're so sweet! I hope you're having a lovely night! Happy New Year!

    Chanel – I've never seen Weird Sience! Bring on the 80s movies 🙂 Happy New Year to you too!

    Msihua – thanks! Happy New Year to you too, I hope it's a great year for you.

    Laura – I heard that Sydney fireworks were amazing!

    Michelle – I love chilli flakes in mine too! Ben's decision to leave them out this time. I love both ways 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah January 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Happy New Year!!! Gosh, yesterday would've been the perfect day to go to the beach and get out of the heat. Too bad we've only got an algae infested lake here in Canberra… 😛

    Been wonderful getting to know you this year, Heidi – here's to 2011!

  • Leah January 1, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Happy new year Heidi!

    Sounds like you had a lovely day and night, quite similar to what my hubby and I did, except the beach! I too fell asleep on the couch at about 10pm! My poor husband ringing in the new year on his own haha 🙂

  • Carly Findlay January 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Sounds like a beautiful NYE 🙂 Your prawn pasta looks amazing.
    Must watch Raising Arizona now.
    Thanks for your blog comments, and sorry I have not stopped by yours on my holiday. Back now with speedy internet 🙂

  • Heidi January 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Hannah – it has been lovely getting to know you too! & Boo! Algae infested lakes are far less fun 🙂

    Leah – haha oh dear, well you do have an excuse 😉 we dont! Happy New Year to you too.

    Carly – I also miss speedy internet when I'm away, it is such a luxury! No worries at all, lovely! Yes, I can't wait to finish Raising Arizona, it was very funny! Holly Hunter is amazing.

    Heidi xo

  • KittyCate January 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Sounds like a truly lovely, relaxing way to spend New Years Eve. The food looks amazing! xx

  • grace January 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    when i say this, i want to assure you that there's no crazy, stalker-ish sentiment behind it, but i want to be you. 🙂

  • The InTolerant Chef January 1, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    What a lovely and intimate way to start the New Year. I think you had the best idea, I would rather go to bed early and then have the whole next day to celebrate without a headache or yawning all the time. Happy New Year!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Happy New Year Heidi! And lol I love Raising Arizona. That reminds me, we should watch it! I hope you have a fabulous 2011! 😀

  • laurak January 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Happy New Year Heidi!
    I am totally with you on the Early Bird Special front.. I went out initially, but still managed to be tucked up in bed watching the fireworks on my tv by midnight.. I love being a nanna!
    Laura 🙂
    ps I love the slight change in your photos, the tint makes them look like polaroids, very cool!

  • Heidi January 2, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Cate – thanks! It was a lovely night 🙂

    Grace – hehe, that is so sweet! You're truly cooler than me, though.

    InTolerant Chef – yes, I think I far prefer nights like this. Waking up in the new year feeling fresh! Happy New Year to you too!

    Lorraine – Yes, we need to finish the movie! Thank you, I hope you have a fabulous year too 🙂

    Laura – thanks! Happy New Year to you too. I got a new iphone app, and sometimes taking my iphone out and about is far easier than my DSLR 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Mez January 2, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I read this NYD on my phone but only now have the capacity to get to my computer and type. Happy New Year!! It looks like you had a healthy, restful one. Can't wait to see what your blog brings along for 2011.

  • Burke Brandon January 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Did you see us at the Red Hill market or visit our cellar door? Hope to see you here one day.

  • Heidi January 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Mez – thank you, it was a lovely and restful NYE. I'm really looking forward to this year of blogging too 🙂

    Burke – I didn't, I will have to look for you next time!

    Heidi xo

  • Ashley January 2, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Hey Heidi, Happy New Year to you! 🙂 Sounds like you had a most relaxing and lovely evening!

    Love the melon prosciutto combination myself, will have to do that sometime soon!

  • Hannah January 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Happy New Year!! 🙂 Looks like a great way to spend New Year's Eve! There's nothing like cooling down by going to the beach!! (except wow! 40 degrees…thats crazy!)
    Hannah x

  • Girl about Oslo January 2, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I am new to your work, and found you through Tune Into Radio Carly..
    Glad to have found you…
    I like your blogg, and its design…

    The photos were great as well…

    Have a great day.

  • Kath January 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Happy New Year, Heidi! What you wrote is soooooooo different from what I had in Germany – making little fireworks among mountains of snow! But I also spend the evening at my parents' home, and it was relaxed and lovely.

    Whee, you have a lot of amazing outlooks for the new year! I'm looking forward to reading about how you're doing with it!

  • Heidi January 3, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Ashley – yes you absolutely must try prosciutto with melon!

    Hannah – it was a lovely evening, thanks 🙂

    Girl about Oslo – hi! I'm so happy you found my blog. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    Kath – yes, very different NYEs it seems! making little fireworks in the snow does like a whole lot of fun! Thanks, Kath!

    Heidi xo

  • Anna Johnston January 3, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Now that sounds just about perfect to me too Heidi, a swim on a hot summers day, champas & pasta with your fave fella. Happy New Year, sounds like you have got a head start on your NY resolution 🙂