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Saturday, 3 December 2016

5 Things & 3 More


5 happy things from the last 5 days:

1. Snuggly jumper.
2. Butternut squash risotto.
3. New music.
4. Misty mornings in the park.
5. Weeknight negroni.

3 things to read this weekend:

1. Meditating while washing up is something I can get on board with.
2. Apparently Nestlé has invented a magical kind of sugar. It doesn't sound wise to me, but maybe I'm being to cynical.
3. Tokyo in the snow is so beautiful.

Rest well friends!

X

Friday, 2 December 2016

Marzipan & Sea Salt Mandel Bread


With advent calendars being opened every morning, a scarf wrapped round my neck every single day, and the evenings getting more and more depressingly dark, it's high time to embrace the holiday festivities. Whether this means Champagne and party dresses, mulled wine and mince pies, or bobble hats and blankets is up to you... But to me, it means an imminent trip home, hiding inside with a glass of wine every evening, and an endless supply of biscuits. Or cookies. Depending on what side of the ocean you're on. And Molly Yeh's mandel bread is just the ticket.

This biscotti-style treat is filled with chunks of marzipan and dark chocolate, sprinkled with sea salt, and cooked until crisp, with the slightest hint of softness in the center. Obviously brightly colored sprinkles are optional, unless you're me. And as an extra incentive to get in the kitchen, these sweet treats would make the best gift, whether it's for your host, your sister, or a little thank you to yourself. Let's get baking!

You can find the recipe here. And if you haven't got Molly Yeh's book yet, add it to your Christmas list now.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

5 Things & 3 More


It was a short week thanks to the interruption of Turkey Day, but it will still an exhausting one. Here are my 5 happy moments from the last 5 days:

1. Sharing Thanksgiving with wonderful friends.
2. A giant glass of red wine after a long, non-stop day in the office.
3. Spending time in the kitchen. Now that work is busy, cooking has become my therapy.
4. Beating all my running expectations in Thursday's Turkey Trot.
5. The colorful, love-filled post-its in Union Square Subway.

3 things to read on this lazy Sunday:

1. Ridiculing, and then admiring, the Moon Juice cookbook.
2. If you're not a runner, here's one more reason why you should be.
3. Do you talk to yourself out loud or in your head? Maybe this will help understand why you do. And don't worry, you're definitely not the only one.

Grand Army Bar


Grand Army Bar was one of the places on my New York summer bucket list that never got crossed off. So rather than going on a warm summer's night, where the windows are wide open, and cocktails are served in ceramic pineapples, we instead went on a cold November evening, where pineapples are swapped for elegant glasses filled with serious, smoky cocktails, and a roaring fire warms the room.

We sat at the oyster bar (despite skipping the oysters) and ordered one Smoking Gun for B (because he knows how to order a drink) and one Pineapple Primary for me (because I can't quite accept that it's winter yet). The Smoking Gun was as serious, smoky, and soothing as a drink made up of aged rum, pot still black rum, toasted cinnamon, whisky, and bitters should be. This is what I intend to sip by the fire all winter long. I just need to find a fire. And while the Pineapple Primary was initially disappointing due to the lack of pineapple serving vessel, it's fresh, slightly spiced, citrus-sour flavors more than made up for it. More fruity cocktails need to be topped with pepper tincture and pink peppercorns. We sipped our way to the bottom of the glasses, debated having another, and, it being the day after Thanksgiving, decided against it. A healthy, turkey-free dinner at home and early night beckoned.

Grand Army Bar, 366 State St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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