Thursday, June 21, 2007
Relaxing at the Beach House
Its easy to relax at the beach house with a nice refreshing cocktail! Our ever-loyal housekeeper, Mrs Danvers makes the most fantastic Mint Juleps when we are in San Diego. She makes them using Kentucky bourbon, organic sugar cane juice (instead of sugar) branch water, crushed ice, and fresh mint from the herb garden. (In Palm Springs she only serves Bombay Sapphire Gin and Tonics, so these are always a refreshing change). After a hard day at work, I quite like to sip my cocktail and listen to the seagulls call out to one another as they circle the coast searching for an evening meal. It only takes one or two Mint Juleps for me to unwind. They're a perfect way to relax before dinner and reflect on the day's events.
How she does it I'll never know...
One of the challenges of splitting time between the desert and the beach house is trying to keep both houses stocked with food; in particular fresh produce and perishables. Fortunately Mrs Danvers does most of the shopping and is quite good at making things work. She usually stocks the kitchen with a variety of organic fruits and vegetables and fresh cheeses. She also bakes the most fantastic herb breads, with fresh grown herbs from our garden.
Dinner is served precisely within one hour of my arrival home, regardless of the hour. While I enjoy cooking, it's something I prefer to do on weekends; it's nice not to have to cook dinner on a week night. Somehow Mrs Danvers keeps up with my work schedule, keeps both houses running smoothly and never complains. (Well, she only really complains about that young Mrs DeWinter who I understand is just evil to the core...but that's a story for another day).
Being overcome by thirst, I can write no further.
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