Outside fires in the winter are surprisingly wonderful for entertaining. If you can create a respectable fire, a group of people can sit comfortably outside around the fire and sip whiskey or hot chocolate even if it is snowing. There is something about fire that relaxes the mind, helping one to contemplate the year and what is to come. On new years we usually have a Scandinavian style smorgasbord but without any “hot” plates: we have pickled herring, canned sardines, mussels and octopus along with dozens of cheeses and homemade mayo. Hot tea and aquavit are a most too! Happy New Year everyone!
I didn’t have an iron but you get the idea!