- Food & Drink
The year’s funeral is upon us and we’re a few hours away from dancing on its grave in a glittery novelty hat. It’s time to get maudlin and sentimental, remembering the year in all its glories and skating over the disappointments with a defiant, slightly threatening look.
Setting up this blog and keeping it going for 6 months wheezes into the glories section of my review. Knowing that at any one time 10s of readers are being delighted by the witty reviews, simple recipes and shaky camera work keeps my heart beating. Through it and Twitter, I’ve made new friends (many of whom live conveniently close to me, I’ve discarded the ones with transport issues) and been inspired and encouraged to a level of omnivorousness I didn’t know my stomach could handle. I’ve also got quite fat.
So, at midnight tonight I will be raising a chilled martini glass and slurring: “To new friends and old!” before being sick on myself and then passing out halfway up the stairs. Happy New Year everybody. See you in 2010.
1 Place the gin, vodka and marmalade in a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes and shake vigorously to combine. Strain into a small, chilled martini glass. The shreds will have got left behind and you can fish them out of the shaker and float them down to the bottom of the glass if you like. They make a slightly syrupy puddle at the bottom and look nice.
2 Pare a piece of rind off a lemon – a thin sliver about 1/2cm wide and 5cm long. Twist it into a spiral and float it in the glass. Serve immediately.