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The birds and the bees and pisco and things
cap, captain miss america

So, some of you may have noticed the name of the last drink I posted. It was one of those days when what was going on in my life had something to do with how I was feeling about naming things, so I guess I should tell you the exciting thing that happened today in addition to getting chicks on Friday.

Actually, let me just show you.

Do you notice anything special about that picture? Like, say, the presence of two hives instead of one?

Well, that is because my parents got up at the crack of dawn to ACQUIRE A NEW QUEEN. And now we have two hives! So exciting.

The bees are producing crazy honey. Like, we put in some empty spare frames with some comb they made last year but never got around to filling, and it was full within about eight hours. Crazy! I’m excited to see what this honey tastes like compared to the goldenrod honey they made last autumn.

Bees are the most awesome. Check them out!

Love them! That last one was a bee on my leg. They kept landing on me today. At first it was because I was wearing crazy madras shorts which make them think I am a beautiful flower, so I changed into whites and I think then it just meant that they love me. D’aww.

Anyway! I got a ton of work done in the garden today. We went to three garden centers and picked up a bunch of stuff, including a golden raspberry bush and Vietnamese coriander, which is one of my favorite drink-worthy herbs, but we couldn’t find it last year.

That is my mom’s bed of eight basil plants in seven varieties. We bought SEVEN varieties of basil. Who does that?! So now, we have an entire bed of basil. Excellent?

That one is carduni, which is another thing I love (fried!), but that is pretty hard to find. We couldn’t get it last year. Then it’s collards, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t have another vegetable that began with the letter “C” to go in that bed, but it’s cool because I do love brussels sprouts.

Yesterday, Jess came up, and we got invited to a barbecue at the neighbors’ at the last minute. It was fun, but I got massive horrible asthma pretty much the whole time I was there, and ended up sitting on their sofa in their living room the whole time. I felt really badly about it, but there wasn’t much I could do.

Then, this morning, we got up and went to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It’s sort of crazy, because the last two I went to opening night in costume, and this one, I was only vaguely aware that it had opened. It says something about how my life has changed, and something about how disappointing the last two movies were. This one was cute. It wasn’t as good as the first one, but it was much easier to follow and not as overwrought as the second and third ones. It didn’t actually ever feel like it was a long movie, which is good when something is over two hours.

Then was gardening and beekeeping, hooray! I wore the bee hat today and everything, which I usually don’t do.

Jess was in Chile for a while, and she brought me back a bottle of really good pisco.

Jess tends to like sweeter, fruitier drinks than my mom or I do, and we have a ton of berries in the fridge right now, so I made this for her and then added the pickling liquid for me and my mom.

2.5 oz pisco
1 large strawberry or 2 small
10 blueberries
1 tsp basil jelly
Juice of 1/4 lime
1 tsp pickling liquid from a jar of pickled hot peppers
1 slice lime

Cut strawberry into chunks
Add strawberry, blueberries, and pisco to shaker with ice and muddle until fruit is well crushed.
Add jelly, lime juice, and pickling liquid and shake
Pour into chilled cocktail glass and add lime slice

We also dumped the leftover fruit from this into our wine tonight :-P Yum.

Pictures of the chicks, who are fluffier and cuter than they were last time two days ago!

And our scallop appetizer (with bacon, brown butter, and scallions)

And the second batch of salt & pepper ice cream (made with more brown sugar and less white sugar), served with a 12-year balsamic

Are there ice cream flavors anyone would like to suggest I try? As long as it is a flavor that appeals to me and for which there are ingredients available, I will consider pretty much anything.

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

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I've done honey-based ice creams before! I did lavender honey and rosemary honey last year and the salt and pepper ice cream has honey in it, too! But yes, there will definitely be more honey ice creams!

yo, there is a lot to comment on in this post, but i've just been on my feet for 14 hours and used just about every cent of brains i have. the point of this comment is the honey, which, i'm probably repeating myself on my favorite usage. i'm doing waffles with an egg runny yolk style over and using the honey you sent me instead of syrup. this is basically one of the things that draws my life out of work together, along with fresh oj that I sneak into work and juice after the bar. I feel like a nerd admitting that last half, but whatever. i was describing to the cabbie that dragged me home what i was about to eat and he was jealous, genuinely. living the life is alright, i guess.

well, that and michael jackson, apparently, which is all that appeals this morning.

Hahahahaha <3 this is why you get honey.

Mmmm waffles and runny eggs. I was just sitting down to breakfast when I saw this comment, so I took a picture for you!


That's focaccia french toast with honey. We have all our homemade maple syrup too so I tend to alternate or mix them together, but there is pretty much honey on all my breakfasts these days.

Whatever, yes, the oj is nerdy, but nerdy in the good way :-P I have a love-hate relationship with oj because I love the stuff, but I'm mildly allergic to oranges, so there is always the moment of acceptance that I'm going to have blotchy skin for the next five hours when I drink it.

This is where the phrase 'busy bee' totally works!

Bees are always busy! Except in winter when they hibernate. They are the most awesome.

BEES! They are so adorable. :-)

what in the world is in the bowl with the chicks? marbles?


he's got a candied bacon ice cream recipe online in his blog that looks fabulous.

it'd be interesting to see if you can't get a sorbet or a granita out of one of your original cocktails! especially since summer's rolling in.

Yeah, marbles. They need to drink off the surface of the water, so you put marbles in to raise the height of the water.

I have the stuff to make bacon toffee ice cream; it was one of the ones I almost made last year, but it got pre-empted in favor of lactose intolerant friends. I also want to do a maple bacon one with maple from our trees!

I make an amazing yellow plum sorbet and a very good cranberry one. Cocktail ones are tougher if you actually put the booze in because of melting points, but there are some flavor profiles that can be matched. And Campari in sorbet is fantastic.

i think i knew that once upon a time. memory like a sieve, i swear.

homemade maple syrup too? dang.

good old EtOH, yeah. i know a gin and tonic one can be done, say nothing of a bazillion margarita ones, but yours seem to have a richer complexity of flavor that might be trickier to put together in a given amount of alcohol per amount of otherstuff.

(it's really interesting what sorts of flavor profiles can be put together; the enology professor i studied with said they could match very specific wines -- the problem was the mouthfeel.)

(it's also kind of sad i ended up studying with an enology professor when i don't drink. 10:30 am crash course in wine-tasting was fun.)

gotta ask: do you have a preference for french-style ice cream or new york?

I am a horrible person for thinking this; the picture of the round little chicks right above the picture of the round little deep-fried things made me think...yeah!

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