For those of you who might not have noticed, I'll let you in on a secret; I used to hate gin. God-awful stuff, I thought; taste like cheap perfume and doesn't smell much better. The fact that my first memorable encounter with alcohol was via some cheap lemon gin before a basketball game, as a ninth grade cheerleader. Bourbon was my drink of choice.
That all changed this year, whether by virtue of epiphany or changing metabolism I shall never know. Out of the blue, I decided I'd try a martini, and my one-time bartender beloved made me a fine, dry martini with good gin and good dry vermouth.
I was lost.
Thus was born Big Ass Martini Night. Once a week, either on Friday or Saturday, I make myself a very large martini with two huge olives in it. And that does me for the evening. One night a week seems to be sufficient, with occasional weeks where a BAM never materializes. Ah, but when it does ...
It occurred to me that, in this time of selfies and photos of people's food porn fantasies, one could present a picture of one such BAM, artfully displayed against the lava lamp one has (as one does), as an amusing illustration of one of my simple joys.
But I don't just write about booze.
I can tell you that I had an absolutely lovely day, playing for the first time with the Christmas present BB gave me last weekend; a 6 quart Kitchen Aid Pro
Because of that, I was used to mixing everything by hand, or with a little hand mixer - but over the last couple of years, my hands won't let me do much of the first. And of course neither the little mixer nor old Mixmaster could mix or knead bread, so one of my favorite things to do - bake bread - became very infrequent. Well today, I got Big Red out and made banana bread and banana-cranberry bread. Very simple, but oh, so much easier now!
This makes me happy.
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