Oh hey there Friday. You're looking real good.
When Edward and I were considering buying our house last year, one of the key selling points was the double lot. It meant that we could have the city environment we wanted and a space to garden, entertain, and let the dogs run. The downfall, of course, is that gardening requires hard work, time, and patience. On a good day I can manage maybe two of those items. Three at once is a big ask.
We've spent a couple weekends now working in the garden, and while it still has a long way to go, we've made some major improvements. I don't think a garden is ever "done" the way a room can be done, so we'll just call this progress. For a little comparison, let's check out some before shots. Warning: grab your smelling salts.
A Negroni was the first thing Edward and I ordered when we arrived in Venice for our honeymoon. It's the classic Campari cocktail and a go-to warm weather drink. Herbal gin and bitter Campari are a match made in heaven on a hot day (or any day, really, I'm not picky). I actually had to scroll back through the blog before writing this post because I couldn't believe I hadn't already written a Negroni post. I hadn't, and it's time to remedy that immediately.
Everyone have their gin, vermouth, and Campari ready? Good. Let's do this.
The other day I was looking for blush pinks when this image stopped me in my tracks. Ben Pentreath has a major talent for mixing bold prints and color with traditional bones. I've never considered myself to be much of a traditionalist, but these spaces may have converted me.
Ready to swoon?
Passover begins on Friday evening, and the seder is one of my favorite holiday meals. I like to include a mix of traditional dishes with new ones, always incorporating the early spring ingredients that are essential to a Passover dinner. And if you don't celebrate Passover, don't worry. This dinner is perfect for any spring festivities. Who's ready to cook?
Lemony smoked salmon dip
Green apple charoset
Beet and fennel salad with orange dressing
Lemon chicken with green olives
Schmaltz smashed potatoes
Toasted hazelnut ice cream
I love a classic old fashioned, but I also love messing with it on occasion. Instead of adding a (let's face it) more-chemical-than-fruit maraschino cherry as an afterthought garnish, I've infused cherries into a balsamic syrup that replaces the sugar cube in the traditional old fashioned. That's right, I said balsamic syrup. Today's cocktail is a weird one and I think you're going to like it.
As much as I love my dark and saturated colors, I'll always have a soft spot for a pretty, soft, dusty pink. It looks great with everything from neutrals to neons. You can even go ahead and break that old rule about never mixing red and pink because pale pink is perfect next to a cranberry or marsala red. In fact, the unexpected color combinations are the ones that keep this pretty color looking mature and even daring.
Well, hello there. I've spent the past couple days battling the flu and I haven't been up for much more than napping and ugly crying at Call the Midwife. So let's see what everyone else has been up to. Starting with this Parisian apartment designed by Laura Gonzalez. It's an absolute stunner.
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.