Well people, I have exciting news. It seems Mark and I have become home owners! Yes that's right, we bought a lovely, charming little house in an historic neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Finally we'll have a nice, little, private backyard. I suppose I'll need to get a grill.
I can't tell you how excited we are. We've been looking for months and months and finally we find a place that's perfect for us.
It's a great house with a generous living room, a FORMAL dining room (here come dinner parties) and even a sunny breakfast room right off the kitchen, which will become the official Well Fed head quarters.
I wish I could say the kitchen was fantastic. Alas, it's not. The cabinets are a little junky, not exactly in keeping with the vintage of the house and I wish there was a bit more counter space beside the stove. But I like to look at it as an opportunity to really create a space that is optimal for my cooking needs. As such, I think I'm going to broaden the scope of this blog to include periodic updates on the progress of our kitchen remodeling. I hope you don't mind.
But before we get to all of that, let me talk about Pimm's Cups. Almost a year ago, Annie and Pierson bought their house and the first time I came over, Annie and I had a toast to celebrate their purchase, and what we drank that day were Pimm's cups. Fast forward a year to this past Tuesday when we got the keys to our place, Annie joined us for a cocktail to congratulate us, the cocktail being a Pimm's Cup. It's sort of become our official New House Warming Drink.
For those who don't know, Pimm's is a gin based alcohol favored by the Brits. Resembling tea in color, the flavor is mildly spicy as well as citrusy. It's one of the official drinks at Wimbledon, as well as polo matches and other upper crust, gentile sporting events. Somehow I envision anything involving an expanse of green lawn and women wearing hats. The makeup of the drink varies from recipe to recipe, but generally it includes lemonade and/or ginger ale and is garnished with refreshing slices of cucumber. Often the lemonade is sparkling and additional garnishes of slices of lemon, lime, orange apple and strawberries.
When Annie and I had Pimm's Cups at her house, I took the easy way out and just brought over a bottle of Pimm's, organic sparkling lemonade and a baggie of cucumber slices. This recipe sort of takes it to the next level. It includes freshly squeezed, home-made lemonade, home-made ginger beer, mint, lime and thin ribbons of Persian cucumber. I would caution against going overboard on the garnishes. Anything more than mint, cucumber and a slice of some sort of citrus becomes a little to fruit salady.