A few months ago, I was lucky to help out with a totally fabulous party thrown by a close friend. The theme was “edible fairyland”, with neon colored-treats, edible bowls and plates, bubbles and candy abound. We prepped much of the food (including the White Chocolate Sprinkle Popcorn you see below) in my kitchen then served it in my friend’s office.
Nikki, a fabulous photographer living in L.A. was in town on her way to Paris, and beautifully captured the entire day (and some great shots of my apartment!) on her blog which you should absolutely check out!
In case earlier posts haven’t made it clear, I love to entertain. Bringing together old and new friends for food, drink and TLC Waterfalls Sing-alongs (only sometimes, I promise) is one of my favorite activities. Although I run around like a lunatic before the party, preparations are a different kind of fun. I obsessively make shopping lists, lose said shopping lists and then re-make them, and go from grocery store to grocery store because of course everywhere has run out of thyme on the one day I need it. I come from the school of thought where entertaining translates to excess, so abundance is always an important factor in any Pickle Party.
I know this item isn’t going to get me much love or understanding from my American compadres, but as a born Brit, I have to talk about my adoration for the salty-savory yeast paste that is Marmite. Marmite is the ultimate acquired taste, totally repulsive in flavor and texture to those uninitiated but a delicious and unique product for those who began their consumption at an early age. According to Wikipedia, Marmite was invented as a concentrated form of brewer’s yeast in the late 1800s, and the “Marmite Food Extract Company” was formed in Britain shortly thereafter. Since then, it has enjoyed a large following of English consumers and is eaten in a variety of ways, from dissolved in hot water, to in a cheese sandwich. It has a sublimely Umami taste, and when served in a thin layer on hot buttered toast, it’s nothing short of transcendental.
So, I guess I eat a lot at my desk….Or at least take lots of photos while eating at my desk. Follow me on instagram @leahpickle for more updates on my food consumption.
Last night at a tasty dinner here, I ate this delicious crunchy fried buffalo chicken sandwich:Yum. The highlight, (other than the company of my lovely friend) was, however, the wine we drank.
Served chilled, the Lambrusco was a light and crisp pick-me-up, a perfect summer time red. Who knew a cold red wine would perk me up after a long and busy week? We vowed that the coming summer shall henceforth be “The Summer of Lambrusco”. Can’t wait.