Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Managed to fit a run in this morning on this absolutely spectacular fall day.  The color is totally stellar this year in NY.  I can only imagine what it must be up at Gill & Charly’s in Maine!  All those Sugar Maples…

Anyway, the utter fabulousness of fall brought to mind two things: 1) the super yummy fall drink I made last week – recipe below and 2) the Neil Gaiman short story, “October in the Chair,” which depicts the months of the year as people sitting around a fire, telling stories.  I wanted to look up the details of this story since it’s been probably 18 months since I’ve read it.  Sadly, my blog-poo-pooing-but-literature-loving friend has it (I think) after I lent it to her.  In her defense, she tried to send it to me twice along with Gaiman’s masterpiece (imo) “American Gods,” but J & I were not in town to claim the package.  (Sorry, Liv!)

Like all Neil Gaiman stories, “October in the Chair,” left it’s mark in my imagination.  The name – “October in the Chair” – brought to my mind initially something having to do with the electric chair (wouldn’t be a surprise for Gaiman, n’est pas?), but it is truly a benign story.  Check it out. It’s in his book of short stories & poems, “Fragile Things.”

So my recipe for spiked hot apple cider.  Heat apple cider over the stove with a cinnamon stick & some lemon rind (or a bit of freshly squeezed lemon juice).  Grate or sprinkle some nutmeg in as well.  If you have mulling spices, they add a lot to this festive drink.  You can usually find them in the supermarket near the teas.  They often come in tea bag form.  Simmer.  Enjoy with Jameson’s!

Advertisements

Read Full Post »