Every year we look forward to the annual “Loser Party” hosted by our friends Cyndy and Gareth. They hold this party for anyone who, like them, has not been invited to anything cooler. In all the years they’ve hosted it, there’s only been one year that I can remember where it hasn’t happened because they (and a lot of the rest of us) actually WERE invited to another party!
The Loser Party is nothing flamboyant. We might play games. We visit. We watch whatever New Year’s special they might have on CBC. We all bring our left-over Christmas baking in a vain attempt to get rid of it before the New Year’s Resolutions kick in. At midnight we make noise and hug each other and are reminded that we are the wealthiest losers in the world because we are rich in friendship.
Cyndy makes an amazing hot citrus cider that’s a refreshing alternative to hot apple cider. She’s agreed to share her recipe with us. She got it from her sister Carole.
1 litre water
1 c sugar
3 sticks cinnamon
3 pieces ginger root (or ¾ t. ginger)
1 t. allspice
1 can frozen concentrate orange juice
1 can frozen lemonade
2 litres apple cider (juice)
In large pan, combine water, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and allspice. Bouil 10 minutes and remove whole spices. Add orange juice, lemon juice and cider. Heat until hot, but not boiling. Drink up – YUM!
This year, I did almost zero baking so I have nothing to offer that way. Instead, I’m going to bring crackers, veggies and this amazing dip that I got from the Vancouver Sun several years ago. The feta gives it zip and the walnuts give it crunch, it’s amazing.
¾ cup mayonnaise (I’ve also substituted plain yogurt)
½ cup spreadable cream cheese
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, basil or mint (I’ve never used mint)
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
¼ teaspoon each paprika and ground cumin
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup walnut pieces, coarsely chopped
Place mayo and cream cheese in a bowl and whisk until smooth and combined. Stir in remaining ingredients. Done. Eat.
What are you doing for New Year’s?