As you may have noticed New Years Eve is closing in, also for the DRF.
QMII will in all likelihood celebrate with some of her old friends. One sure bet IMO is that one of them will be her school-friend, Susanne Heering. She is also a widow.
Normally the friends take turns in being hosts, but I don't think QMII will be a host this year.
Normally QMII deliver her New Year speech at 18.00 and then go directly to wherever she is celebrating New Years Eve.
M&F are more elusive. A good guess is that they are at the hunting lodge in trend right now. And it's likely they will celebrate New Year there, or with some friends in that general area of DK. But they will have to go back to Copenhagen in the forenoon on the 1st. in order to be ready for the Grand New Year Court in the evening.
As for J&M, they are also likely to celebrate New Year in DK, most likely in Copenhagen. Perhaps in their own home. Because they are also to attend the New Year Court in the evening.
Now, it's pretty unknown whether the DRF have any specific traditions in connection with New Year, at least when they are hosts.
I can however tell you that for the guardsmen on duty, the watch on New Years Eve is very
The atmosphere at Amalienborg is very special and on this evening literally half the population are watching the honor guard standing to attention before and after QMII delivers her speech. And everything has to be 150 % perfect! Not least because thousands of former guardsmen are watching with critical eyes.
But what do we eat here in DK on New Years Eve?
That varies of course. But one sure things is fish or shellfish of some sort.
A typical menu could be shellfish to start with around 19.00 when all have seen the New Year speech, toasted and chatted a little about the speech and what not.
BTW the guests typically arrive before 18.00 in time for the speech.
A pre-course could be lobster or shrimp.
A very popular main course is cod:
There are countless variation, like the cod being baked:
To fish you must have a schnapps.
There are barbarians out there who only drink wine to their fish, but the less said about that the better...
Many prefer eel for the main course.
be served with white parsley sauce and white potatoes! Anything else is sacrilege!
But a beef tenderloin is also a popular alternative.
Of course with brown sauce:
To that you drink a bitter and a beer and/or a spicy wine.
For those who can eat more it's time for dessert.
When we are hosts it' almost always Italian Ice, courtesy of Mrs. Muhler. She loves ice! I'm more than happy to buy her ice anytime she wants, just for the pleasure of watching the blissful expression in her when she is eating it.
Of course ice must
be served in an "asiette", otherwise it will explode or melt or something...
By now the clock is closing in on 21.00 and it's time to venture outside to help the children fire off some rockets.
Later on the TV will be turned on for a show all of us know by heart and all of us have seen practically every year since the 70s.
Dinner for One (It's in English.)
Having laughed our heads off for the zillionth time like half the country we are now closing in om midnight.
By now TV will switch to show the clock on Copenhagen town hall, and when it strikes for the first time, it's time for champagne.
Then it's outside to fire off the last rockets.
Before we go inside to have a night snack.
Like kale soup with beef. A favorite of mine!
Or some smorgasboard (smørrebrød in DK) with particular emphasis on "fiskefilet" fish filet with remoulade:
Naturally served on rye bread with a slice of lemon and if you are in the mood some shrimps as well:
An alternative could be chickens in asparagus.
- I don't know what it is with this dish, but I have never ever in my whole life met a Danish man who disliked this.
By now the music is in party mood.
What I have described here is what I think is a typical New Years Eve for married couples age 30-60.