I've decided that this is the year of my successful garden. Full disclosure: I've been saying this for about five years now, even back when I had an apartment and kept herbs in planters on the balcony. It hasn't come true yet. Last spring we had just moved into the house, and while I was excited to garden, I held off on any major work because I wanted to see what the conditions were first.
We're celebrating my sister's birthday this weekend, so today's cocktail is for her. And it's a good one. She's a fan of cucumber cocktails (because they're delightful), so I started with that garnish and worked my way back. I wanted something light and refreshing, with a bit of tartness to brighten things up. In other words, a gimlet.
I'm working with a friend on a little refresh of her home, and that has me looking for dining tables. She and her husband have a large, open room that serves as both living and dining room. We'll need a table that will won't overpower the room, and that will look good next to living room furniture. Naturally, I thought of everyone's favorite midcentury table.
We had our first taste of spring this weekend (I went running for the first time in ages! It was awful) and with it I'm craving lighter and softer colors. Specifically blues, in cornflower, powder, and periwinkle. Or blue quartz, as in this bathroom designed by Bruce Bierman. The texture here is killer, and this look removes any doubts about whether pale blue can be modern.
I promise this cocktail isn't as aggro as it sounds. The blood in the name comes from the blood orange that makes this drink sweet, tart, and totally festive. The rosemary adds a bit of woodsy complexity, and the moonshine gives it that cocktail kick. All in all, a perfect mix for before dinner sipping with your valentine.
I love my vegetables, and come winter I like them broiled, roasted, and sautéed. And you know I love a simple recipe that doesn't require me to be too fussy about measurements. This side dish came to me via my mom (do you discuss meals over the phone with your mom? I can't be the only one), and it's become a staple in our house. The sweet earthiness of the carrots is balanced perfectly by the oniony leeks, and they're all improved with the addition of olive oil and bright white wine.
Welcome! I'm Arielle, and this is Scotch & Nonsense. Whether you've come for the home projects, the recipes, or the cocktails, I'm thrilled you're here and I hope you'll stay a bit.