How was your week? Whether it went super smoothly or kicked your butt, I’ve got a drink that should put you in good spirits: Mulled White Wine with Pear Brandy.
I know, sounds a bit fancy pants, but January calls for warm, soothing drinks and spices that make you feel like wintertime isn’t so bad. The recipe, found at Epicurious (and taken from The Food 52 Cookbook, Volume 2), features star anise, cloves, cardamom pods, ginger, and honey. And pears are the quintessential winter fruit, don’t you think?
So, with one of these in hand, here’s my high and low of the week:
High: Getting the girls on a better schedule. They were going to bed too late, waking up too late, getting dressed too late, and breakfast and lunch were morphing into one weird meal. This week, I went all military on them with a smile. They’re now falling asleep earlier, waking up earlier, dressing before coming downstairs, and eating at more routine times. It’s still a work in progress, but yay!
Low: Happily, I didn’t have any big lows this week. Maybe wasting two hours of my life that I can never get back on a highly rated but terrible movie? I refuse to even mention what it was…an independent film you’ve probably never heard of anyway. My free time is so precious now; if I’m going to actually devote two hours to a movie, it had better be edifying in some way.
Here’s my bonus question: If you were planning a romantic dinner with your significant other at home this weekend, what would you serve?
Right now, I’m drawn to baking a whole fish in coarse sea salt with some vegetables on the side — maybe brussels sprouts and sautéed mushrooms. A wild rice could work, or maybe risotto… If it were up to me, I’d have something chocolatey for dessert, but B isn’t usually a fan (he prefers fruit or Asian-style desserts) — so maybe I’d do a mango sticky rice or a rustic pear galette. To get things started, I’d serve him a G&T with Hayman’s Old Tom gin, followed by a robust, buttery Chardonnay to accompany the fish.
And, of course, now I’m hungry.
Okay, grab a drink: It’s your turn. What was your high of the week? Your low? (And what would you serve for your romantic at-home dinner date?)
Have a slow weekend, and see you back here on Monday!
P.S. I’ve decided that rather than include links in these Pull Up a Chair posts, I’m going to put together a monthly or bi-monthely links post, so stay tuned…
Image: Crystal Alvarado