April 2017 a new job and a long-awaited trip. What else do you need in your life? Oh yes, I was missing the preparations for a party for sixty people for my son’s first communion! 🙂 Such is the Calabrian way of life, where weddings and parties are often a compromise between a public festival or a Sagra.
But it didn’t scare me at all. Before that happened, I had a wonderful restorative trip. Well, in the end with not much rest, to be honest.
Visiting the English Countryside during Springtime ( English Spring is quite similar to the Italian winter 🙁 ) is like becoming part of a novel written by Jane Austen or Thomas Hardy. Sipping afternoon tea with Jane, Elisabeth or Mr Darcy, strolling through Pemberly’s gardens and woodlands, and if the rain persecutes you, it’s not a problem as, there is always a wonderful library waiting for you, inside the house.
If you need more adventure or you desire an independent life, like Tess of D’Urberville or Bathsheba Everdene, you should opt for the Gloucerstershire’s Hills and Rural Village of Wiltshire. And of course the overhanging coast of the Jurassic coast – east Dorset.
Near the Lulworth cove, Thomas Vinterberg shot one of the best movies of the last year: Far From the Madding Crowd based on Thomas Hardy’s Novel, with a handsome Carey Mulligan playing the role of Bathsheba Everdene (she was Daisy in “The Great Gatsby”), and the brilliant Matthias Shoenhearts in the role of the lovely, patient and loyal Factor Gabriel Oak. A movie that I will never get bored watching.
The trip lasted a week, enough time to realize that being meteoropathic in England is really a problem! With the moody climate of Wiltshire, the frozen rain of Stonehenge, the warmth of Cotswold and a scent of summer in Dorset. We did not miss anything. The English Channel reminds you that you are in a Southern regions, but remember: you are in England! So, you must always bring a scarf and a hat in your pocket. And don’t forget there is wind, wind and more wind!
Anyway, bring with you a bit of positive adventurous spirit and everything will go well! Even if your Husband is threatening you that he will not join you on another trip for the next few years 🙂 but I know he is just joking.
The romantic side of the trip was finished and then we were ready for the City. London. Cosmopolitan city, Love of my Life, City of Dreams and… absolute chaos!
But you’re right, what about the recipe of this Month?
Well, that’s how it is.
After arriving in London and parking our car, we opted for a Big Bus Tour (bad idea) and for a Sunset cruise on the River Thames ( great decision). After the cruise, we crossed the Westminster Bridge and walked back down the river for a ride on the London Eye. The kids really wanted to go on it, but not me and my acrophobia! Fortunately the London eye had closed early that day 🙁
Along the river we met a friend of ours, who is living in London. We wanted to find a restaurant for dinner which did not serve just a fish&chips. But no matter if it was. After a week of English countryside pubs and wonderful cuisine I needed some fish&chips for my last dinner in London.
There are so many ways to cook a piece of cod with fried potatoes. During my first time in London, I only ate fish&chips and a really disgusting surrogate of Neapolitan pizza. But, you know, being an 18-year-old student on a studio-holiday did not allow me to spend £ 18 for a portion of fish & chips. Twenty years later, this makes me re-evaluate my opinion of the City’s food. London always = fish & chips but it depends on where and when you eat it. I’m sorry that I didn’t take a photo.
While I was deciding whether to spend 18 pounds for a meal of fish&chips I realized that my sister-in-law was still contemplating the menu. She laughed and said: << guys they have Pimm’s! We must try it, it’s delicious!>>. Having an Anglophone sister-in-law is very fortunate for me.
English people of Tea Time, of Pudding and Pies, the English one of Pubs and Beer. The English one of Pimm’s!
What a wonderful colourful world. Love at first sight!
Pimm is the name of the guy who invented this drink in the 1823 in London.
This ingenious gentleman, James Pimm, son of a Kent peasant, left the countryside to open an oysters kiosk across from the Bank of England. Now, close your eyes for a moment and imagine the London environment of the early 18th Century. Jane Austen was dead, Thomas Hardy was not born yet. The young and far-sighted son of a poor farmer from Kent, decided to change his life: he left the countryside and go looking for fortune in the Big City; There, he opened an oyster hut on the street corner, where he also sold a mysterious digestive tonic; Long-dressed ladies and gentlemen who were coming and going from the bank in their carriages or horseback passed him every day and he was always there, selling his oysters, inviting the adventurers to approach. Oysters! Oysters! All in front of a bank. Okay, the most famous banks of the time. And to wash them down, no champagne, but a gin-based tonic with a mixture of secret herbs. Soon, as always happens to all respected trends, Londoner of the middle and upper classes talked of nothing but this. Mr. Pimm decided to register his invention and began to market it with the name of Pimm’s No. 1 cup. It became a real business. Mr Pimm started to create other Pimm’s products with various tastes from No. 1 to No. 6. The well-known one remains the No. 1 cup. James Pimm had succeeded in changing his destiny and became one of the richest business men of the Century.
Today Pimm’s No. 1 cup is very popular in England. It is one of the preferred drinks of the Wimbledon tennis cup. You can easily find it at the University parties as well, or in the restaurants alongside the River Thames. Pimms is also sold in English pubs in The Cotswold and Dorset.
Cucina Conversations this month has chosen Drinks as theme. Guys, it is summer in this side of world! It’s time of Aperitivo. Whether you are by the sea, river, lake or ocean, wherever you can see a Sunset.
Rosemarie – Turinmamma dusts off her Sicilian roots with a Caffè Mezzo Freddo Siciliano;
Lisa – The Italian Kiwi, from France, will write about a cocktail with an intriguing name: Gamba di Legno;
Francesca – Pancakes and Biscotti with a super refreshing drink: Prosecco all’Anguria;
Carmen – The Heirloom Chronicles lives in Sidney, where it is winter at the moment. She will prepare a semifreddo a base di vino cotto. Vino Cotto is one of my natural antibiotics. My mother often gave me hot Vino Cotto in winter when I had sore throat. With Carmen I’m discovering how to use it in cooking. Thanks Carmen!
And of course me, with my recent discovery: The excelsior of English drinks: Pimm’s.
The recipe has been adapted by Chanel from the Australian version of the site Taste.com
Ingredients for about 3 Liters of Pimm’s, more or less 8 glasses
500 ml Pimm’s n.1
750 ml chilled Ginger ale
750 ml chilled lime juice
2 sliced cucumber
300 gr sliced strawberries
1 sliced orange
Fresh mint leaves
1 small sliced lime
Ice cubes (Lots of)
Chanel has found some large jars, the one we often use for Olive in Brine. Use your fantasy, a large bowl is also fine, you need a capacity of 3 liters.
Place Pimm’s, Ginger Ale, juice of Lime and Ice cubes in the large bowl. Stirr well to combine.
Now add your fruit into the glasses: strawberries-cucumber-orange-lime and mint leaves.
The opened glasses could be decorated with some slice of orange or lime. The one you see in the picture is a Present from Chanel, they are really nice, very cool!
Serve your Pimm’s immediately. And Enjoy your Summer!
Buona estate cari Lettori e Buon Pimm’s a tutti.
Ps. Next month Marmellatadicipolle.it will be one years old. We will celebrate this birthday with a Social Eating dinner. Details and booking date soon on the Social Eating page.