27 February 2009

Serena, Food and Stories

Serena Bass is a Londoner who caterers in New York. Her book, Serena, Food & Stories features fun recipes and chatty banter that’s tons of fun. It really wouldn’t matter if she served cat food on toast, this cookbook would be great fun. Fortunately for us, there is no cat food, just hip fun food with entertaining tips to match.

“We use these muffins as the bribe of choice to get the sanitation men to move our extra garbage, bloody butchers to move their carnage, and the super next door to hose down our sidewalk when we can’t be bothered.”
“As self-help books keep reminding us, “no one is thinking of you,” but they may very well be thinking about your food.”

She name drops from dogs to duchesses, from Julia Child to Elizabeth David without the slightest pretense.

What better recipe to give you than her recipe for Pimm’s Cup. Serena says, “Unless you have a fast drinking crowd, don’t make too much at once, as it’s nice to keep the ginger ale sparkling.

Pimm’s Cup

2 ounces Pimm’s No.1
2 ounces Tanquery Gin
6 ounces ginger ale
Slices of orange and lemon
Cucumber peel
Sprigs of fresh mint.

Keep the Pimm’s, gin and ginger ale well chilled. Mix everything together and serve over ice, with some fruit, cucumber, and mint in each glass. Multiply the ingredients proportionately if you want to fill a punch bowl or a pitcher.

Now get out there and throw a party! And if you don’t have a good story, steal one of Serena’s

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