Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Deborah Solomon stopped by last night
Q: Wow. That is one gorgeous drink. What is it?
A: Isn't it lovely? It's called an Aviation and it contains gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice and something called creme de violette that renders it lavender. Steve Martin describes this cocktail in his novel Object of Beauty and I've been obsessed with trying it for the last week.
Q: Is it as good as it looks?
A: I don't know! Wait just a second. . . . Hmm. Okay. No. It is perfumey. I don't love this.
Q: Who cares, so festive.
A: I am sitting on the sofa beside my son who is watching Phineas and Ferb and it feels not very festive. Today I had to replace my falling-apart jeans and that required much self-scrutiny in the harshly-lit mirrors of Macy's, Sundance, and J. Crew. So, I decided to skip evening spin class, buy a bottle of creme de violette, and try a new cocktail.
Q: How's that approach to dieting and discouragement working out for you?
A: I don't think that's a nice question.
Q: Yeesh. Sensitive. Fair enough. You've been working through Food Network star Guy Fieri's new cookbook. How's that going?
Q: And that wasn't awesome?
A: It was fine, but I would not go so far as "awesome." Plus, I had to buy a whole 6-pack of Bud. Our supermarket doesn't sell singles.
Q: Quite a change of pace from Heidi Swanson.
A: I know. I miss Super Natural Every Day. Not a lot of vegetables in Fieri's book. I was very hopeful about the Bomb Bakers (recipe is here) but they were not a hit.
You brine the potatoes for 8 hours, roll them in oil and Lawry's seasoned salt, then roast them for an hour. I was very curious about brined potatoes, except to me they just tasted like baked potatoes with inedible, salty skin.
On the other hand, I loved Guy's pork blade steak piccata. Recipe is here.
Q: What's on the table tonight?
A: Bloody Mary flank steak. It's been marinating in V-8, vodka and a lot of other stuff for the last 24 hours.
Q: On another subject entirely, how's the little goat?
A: Wild and impish and she charges at the chickens. We're petting her lots, but pretty soon we're going to need a lasso.
Q: Are you liking the Aviation better now that you're getting to the bottom of the glass?
A: It is vile. I like it so little that, to my shock and disappointment, I'm going to stop at one.