This time last year, some tough news hit my family.
I was in the midst of so many good things – finally feeling my way through my Paris gig and loving all things Paris, prepping for a wonderful Eat Boutique holiday gift box season, tasting treats from a variety of emerging food makers, planning our first Local Market and a huge Thanksgiving meal for 20 people. Life was on the upswing.
Until it was on the downswing.
Over the course of what felt like five minutes (though it was probably closer to 2-3 days), I had received some numbing news about my Mom and everything was put on hold. Everything.
She was glad to have me by her side during the long road back to good health, but she reminded me that for the very reason that her life, a life, can change in an instant, dreams cannot be put on hold. And if we continue to put our passions and creative outlets on hold for a better time, a stronger economy, a less stressful moment in life, we might miss out on the simple chance to just try something, anything, to just try it.
As soon as my Mom was on the mend, I got back to my it. I just tried things. With every new gift box or new recipe or new food that we sampled together, we both got stronger. We celebrated the little victories and the setbacks (because there are always setbacks), and thankfully, she continues to celebrate every moment.
I learned my lesson: I no longer save the Champagne for that special night; I make an ordinary night special with Champagne. Or any bubbles really, and more on that in a second.
This has been a week of little victories. Some are very personal and I hope to be able to share them soon; others are worth a blog post. I’m so excited to celebrate that we’ll be hosting the following cookbook authors at our Holiday Local Market on Saturday, December 10, 2011:
- Judy Rosenberg, the founder of Boston’s five Rosie’s Bakeries and author of many cookbooks, including her latest The Rosie’s Bakery All-Butter, Cream-Filled, Sugar-Packed Baking Book
- Erin Byers Murray, the author of Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm
- Béatrice Peltre, food writer, stylist and photographer of the blog La Tartine Gourmand and her new book La Tartine Gourmande: Recipes for an Inspired Life
We have a lot of wonderful tricks up our sleeves for this event. The list of food makers is fantastic – fantastic! – and there may be another prominent cookbook author or two added to the list very soon – keep your eyes glued to this site for that information. We may also venture beyond food at this event to include some lovely food-oriented vendors, so we’ll share that soon too.
I also wanted to share this gorgeous cocktail. Since I celebrate everything now, I toasted all the good things in life with it this week. I created this drink earlier this Fall, just in time for Heidi to photograph it. It’s a mixture of my homemade Honey and Saffron liquor (adapted from cookbook author and now my friend Jane Lawson’s recipe), the very delicious Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup and Champagne. I rim the glass with a flavored sugar and set off the warm notes in the liquor with a piece of thyme from my back yard.
Happy ordinary Thursday to you! I hope you are able to celebrate something, anything, that’s special to you.
Honey, Saffron and Ginger Champagne Cocktail
- 1 ounce of Honey and Saffron Liquor
- 1 tablespoon of Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup (or more if you like a lot of ginger)
- Champagne, chilled
- Flavored sugar (I used this Bourbon Smoked Sugar)
- A spring of thyme
- Dip the top edge of an upright Champagne glass in a bit of water. Whip off any big drops by shaking your wrist while holding the glass. Dip the top edge of that glass into the sugar.
- To the glass, add the liquor and the syrup. Fill the glass with Champagne. Garnish with the thyme.
- Drink. Make again and drink again!
- Note: You could leave out the ginger syrup and still have a stellar cocktail. I consider the Honey and Saffron Liquor mixed with Champagne my cook’s treat before dinner party guests arrive.
All photos styled by Maggie Battista and Heidi Murphy, and photographed by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Style.
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