Well we have reached another Friday! And that is a lovely thing as it gives us an opportunity to think of the finer things in life....
I got a new cookbook from one of my favourite people for my birthday:
It is the companion to the Little Paris Cookbook that Barry bought me for Christmas and it is a delight!!!!
So Wednesday night, I decided to cook its recipe for a chicken bundle (boneless chicken thigh wrapped around shallot and apple and then covered in bacon that is placed on a Kohlrabi/Apple coleslaw.
It looked so good in the cookbook and I can attest that it tasted even better:
However, I did not realize that my vegan son and his vegetarian girlfriend would be there for supper. Lucky me, I just happened to read Janet's post on mushroom bourguignon right before I entered the kitchen, and though I only had shitake, not Portobello mushrooms, it mattered not a wit and was so good, I took several mouthfuls and have vowed to make it again next week for the entire family!
Thank you Janet! It was divine! And while I cannot match Janet's thriftiness in terms of shopping, since well, we don't have stores that are THAT cheap around here, I must say that we have managed to shave a LOT off of our grocery bill this month through careful planning. Yay us!
I just KNEW that someone would have already created a Polar Vortex Cocktail and I was right!!!!!
The Polar Vortex Cocktail
3oz Makers Mark
2 Dashes Cinnamon
1 Dash All Spice
2-3 Drops Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Brown Sugar (possibly more based on the sweetness of the bourbon)
3 drops agave nectar (or honey)
Hot water (2 times the amount of other ingredients)
Cinnamon Stick and Lemon Peel (for garnish)
Add all ingredients besides water and agave nectar together in a mug. Stir and add hot water
Slowly add 3 drops of Agave Nectar and stir again.
Rim mug with lemon peel and add to drink as a garnish
Add cinnamon stick for garnish if available.
Note: Make sure to stir the cocktail occasionally (with the cinnamon stick) to mix the spices that have settled on the bottle of the cocktail. This reinvigorates the flavor of the spices in the drink.
Where is Dennis Quaid when you need him????
One last birthday gift to share. For years I have been hearing about the restorative and sensual powers of a diptyque candle.
Being a luddite and all I was mixing these wonderful candles up with the line in Raising Arizona when Holly Hunter tells Nicolas Cage that the baby needs a dip-tet shot...
Now of course I was wrong...
So imagine my delight when another dear friend sent me my very first (not last!) diptyque candle!!
I called her right up and lit it while we talked. It was all very civilized and I felt pampered and tres jolie!
Baies is described thusly:
A bouquet of roses and blackcurrent leaves, a companion to diptyque eau de toilette, L'Ombre dans l'Eau.
I see a pilgrimage to Paris coming on. Anyone care to join me?
Don't you just love it when the people you love buy you things you love? I do!
Now THIS is a sensory post!!!!
Have an awesome Friday and stay safe out there!!!