10.7.14 Fall Back, October Hot Links & Cider Syrup
At the end of that walk in the woods, we came across this dead grouse lying in the grass at the edge of the road. It was in perfect condition, except for a broken neck. G said we could not eat it because we didn't know how it had died, but we felt fairly sure it had been hit by a car. Had it been killed by an animal, it would have been eaten, not abandonded. My friend Juliette, who is learning taxidermy, asked me to collect it and keep it in our freezer for her. I felt pretty squeamish handling it, even though it was fresh and beautiful. I wore gloves and wrapped it in freezer paper before sealing it in a ziploc bag. It's basically just a chicken and I've been quite intimate with those. Not like that, like this.
And now, without further ado, some hot links...
I'm not a Jenna worshipper, but I love reading about other women's beauty routines
Almost as much as I like seeing the contents of someone's fridge
I have been fantasizing about a trip to Montréal - maybe you will get there first?
Cannabis cuisine, anyone?
An excellent guide to home mixology by a true master
A fun event taking place upstate this weekend
More podcast suggestions
Because how you die is just as important as how you are born
I believe it should be our choice
Good for a laugh (especially if you adore the inimitable John Malkovich)
It turns out Meryl Streep never said these words, they are from José Micard Teixeira
Maybe you'd like to treat yourself to something from Anson Mills
Or one of these new cookbooks (I'll post my reviews of some of them soon)
Isn't it time we learned how to make our own dosas?
And char our own salads? (I'm going to assume this can also be made in a cast iron skillet)
A few things to do with apples from my archive: cake, butter, sauce
Will I eventually look like this?
Yet another reason to get your hands dirty
In a moment of domestic coziness, make this cider syrup! You'll enjoy it over oatmeal, pancakes or ice cream; stirred into club soda; or, best of all, let's face it, combined with whiskey and a splash of cider vinegar for a delicious fall cocktail. xo
Cider Syrup II
- — 1/2 gallon fresh apple cider
- — 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- — 2 star anise
- — 1 stick cinnamon
- — 1/2 whole nutmeg
- — 5 green cardamom pods, cracked
Combine all the ingredients in a large, heavy pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high flame, then lower to a brisk simmer and cook until liquid is reduced to 2 cups, about 45 minutes. Keep an eye out towards the end, and stir occasionally. Strain, discarding spices, and set aside in a bowl or pitcher. Syrup will thicken as it cools. Store in the fridge in a tightly sealed container for up to 2 weeks.