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BAM Night

For those of you who might not have noticed, I'll let you in on a secret; I used to hate gin. God-awful stuff, I thought; taste like cheap perfume and doesn't smell much better. The fact that my first memorable encounter with alcohol was via some cheap lemon gin before a basketball game, as a ninth grade cheerleader. Bourbon was my drink of choice.

That all changed this year, whether by virtue of epiphany or changing metabolism I shall never know. Out of the blue, I decided I'd try a martini, and my one-time bartender beloved made me a fine, dry martini with good gin and good dry vermouth.

I was lost.

Thus was born Big Ass Martini Night. Once a week, either on Friday or Saturday, I make myself a very large martini with two huge olives in it. And that does me for the evening. One night a week seems to be sufficient, with occasional weeks where a BAM never materializes. Ah, but when it does ...

It occurred to me that, in this time of selfies and photos of people's food porn fantasies, one could present a picture of one such BAM, artfully displayed against the lava lamp one has (as one does), as an amusing illustration of one of my simple joys.

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But I don't just write about booze.

I can tell you that I had an absolutely lovely day, playing for the first time with the Christmas present BB gave me last weekend; a 6 quart Kitchen Aid Pro Mixmaster Mixer. I've been faunching for one for a dreadfully long time, and now I have one! It's bright red and gorgeous and just a little daunting until today because I've never worked with a modern mixer. The one I had most recently was a 1950s actual Mixmaster like my Nana had, and before it, the one my Nana had. They weren't powerful. We'll leave it at that.

Because of that, I was used to mixing everything by hand, or with a little hand mixer - but over the last couple of years, my hands won't let me do much of the first. And of course neither the little mixer nor old Mixmaster could mix or knead bread, so one of my favorite things to do - bake bread - became very infrequent. Well today, I got Big Red out and made banana bread and banana-cranberry bread. Very simple, but oh, so much easier now!

This makes me happy.

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Jan. 19th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
debgeisler gave me her old Kitchenaid mixer when she got a newer, bigger one about a year ago. I haven't used my own actual Mixmaster (albeit from the 1970s, right down to its avocado green color) since. The Kitchenaid is amazing. I love it.
Jan. 19th, 2014 05:26 am (UTC)
FB is going to get the aging Mixmaster, should he desire it. If not, I shall take it, slightly regretfully, back to the Sally Ann whence it came.
Jan. 19th, 2014 05:23 am (UTC)
This is a lovely, happy post with a lovely, happy picture smack in the middle of it. Lava lamp (as you do) made me grin.
Jan. 19th, 2014 05:30 am (UTC)
I'm glad this made you grin!
Jan. 19th, 2014 07:15 am (UTC)
Oo, shiny! I still look at my sober white basic-model mixer and wish I'd had the courage to throw the budget completely to the winds for the red one...
Jan. 19th, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
When BB first walked over to the shelf and wrestled a box into the cart, it was one of the severe brushed silver models. Then I said, "Oh, look! Red!" rather pointedly, and he, bless him, wrestled the severe brushed silver model's box out of the cart and back onto the shelf, replacing it with the red one's box. I adore him.
Jan. 21st, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
(If he couldn't take "hints" like that by now, he would have been replaced by now.)
Jan. 21st, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
Heh. Not likely. You don't let a good model like this slip out of your hands.

And, no, I'm not talking about the Mixmaster.
Jan. 19th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
Yay for baking! And oooh yes, KitchenAids are the bomb. I have a beautiful cobalt blue one. Perhaps, actually, as I'm heading for kitchen remodeling territory, that is where I can start? Be like a commercial and plunk my Kitchenaid in front of an interior designer and say, "Show me a kitchen for rustic beams and this."
Jan. 19th, 2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
Cobalt blue? That is awesome.

"Show me a kitchen for rustic beams and this."

*snort* Having just seen pics of your new place, I can understand this one.

Jan. 19th, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
I wish I had the money for a KitchenAid.

And good gin is divine! Tanqueray is putting out a limited edition Malacca gin that is so heavenly -- more citrusy than floral, so I wouldn't recommend it for martinis.
Jan. 19th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
A citrus-infused gin sounds really promising. We generally go for Boodles around here, although Bombay Sapphire and Bombay Sapphire Far East (which has lemon grass flavorings) are also welcome.

And BB brought around what I think of as a dessert gin: Old Tom Gin's Ransom gin. It's got orange and lemon peel, coriander and cardamom, and angelica root. It also has barley malt, which is kind of weird. It's definitely not martini gin.

We developed a martini that we call the Empire; instead of dry vermouth, you can use a dry sake, thus bringing the British and Japanese empires together. Yeah, stupid name, but we like it.
Jan. 19th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
I don't mind the occasional G&T, it can be rather refresshing.

My mum makes Bramble gin (Gin infused with blackberries picked from their garden hedge).

It is lovely with a nice mixer (tonic, lemonade, etc)
Jan. 19th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
I'm beginning to think that gin is a perfect base for a lot of different spices and fruits. Hurrah - more things for me to sample!
Jan. 19th, 2014 09:31 pm (UTC)
I am a fan of a hybrid 40s-50s martini: four or five parts gin to one part vermouth, lemon twist, and occasionally a dash of orange bitters. And a negroni or aviation during the summer -- ideal.
Jan. 19th, 2014 09:50 pm (UTC)
Definitely a 40s-50s martini for me; the original 1920s mix of half and half, or even 3-1, tastes off to me. My BB likes a lemon twist, as does my son. I should try it (especially with the orange bitters), but I'm inordinately fond of olives.

*checks out Negroni and Aviation*

I'd like the Negroni, I think, but the Aviation might route the taste too close to flowers for my liking.
Jan. 19th, 2014 09:36 pm (UTC)


Jan. 19th, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
Which type of banana bread - the classic, or the banana-cranberry? Heh.

And BB will be glad to make you a martini; we've got to get you up here again!
Jan. 19th, 2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
Classic would make me happy...

Indeed!! And when that happens I need to make you 'my' spaghetti...*beams*

Jan. 19th, 2014 10:19 pm (UTC)
It's a date, then!
Jan. 21st, 2014 12:25 am (UTC)
One of the bits in Soldier in the Mist I especially like is when the narrator happens across a drunken bum passed out in the ditch . . . and it's Bacchus.
I don't know of holidays particular to Bacchus, though.
Jan. 21st, 2014 01:03 am (UTC)
Fridays, football games, that sort of thing, I'd imagine.
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