Tuesday, July 26, 2011
It was too hot in Boston this past week to do any real cooking. Luckily, for Sloane Crossley's breazy second collection of essays, a cocktail seemed just as appropriate as food. In general, I don't drink at home that much. While I love a cocktail or beer or wine out, at home, I just don't get the urge. So it was a fun treat to put together this fruity bourbon cocktail during the 100 plus heat wave we had. Bourbon is definitely my hard alchohol of choice, it has the most character to me and has a little bit of sweetness that makes it easier to drink than whiskey or scotch. And it has loads more character than vodka. The recipe for this easy Cherry Smash cocktail after the jump, and more about "How Did You Get This Number?"
Sunday, July 24, 2011
The Red Queen is part of Phillipa Gregory "Cousin's" series, about the War of the Roses period of English history. As you may recall, I read and reviewed the first in the series, The White Queen, some months back. That book was the lusty tail of Elizabeth Woodville, a supposed witch and wife of King Edward, the first York king. The Red Queen tells the tail of Margaret Beuford, the mother of Henry Tudor, who eventually became King Henry VII, and the first monarch of the tudor dynasty. It is a much less lusty tail, as Margaret is portrayed as a celibate woman obsessed with the Church and advancing her son's claim to the thrown. I thought this book was less of a fun read than The White Queen, but it still delivered that Phillipa Gregory punch - a trashy romance/adventure disguised as historical fiction. Sometimes something light is needed. As soon as I read the title of the book, and in light of the season, I knew I wanted to try the British "Summer Pudding" dessert. Unfortunately, this was a bit of a fail - maybe I didn't use enough berries (if I used any more I would have had to take out a second mortgage), but I just didn't get it. Kind of a gloppy mess. But I will pass along the recipe and maybe you will have better luck.