On my last birthday, my brother gave me a book about the US President’s drinking, gambling and carousing habits through the years. In it I found a recipe for syllabub, an olde English dessert, which was popular during James Monroe’s presidency.
Here’s the recipe: 2/3 c. white wine, 1/3 c. sherry, 2 T. grated lemon zest, ¼ c. lemon juice, 2/3 c. sugar, 2 c. heavy cream, fresh mint sprigs and berries. Mix the wine, sherry, lemon zest and lemon juice in a bowl. Stir in the sugar until dissolved.
In a separate bowl, whip the cream until the mixture forms into medium-size stiff peaks. Then, combine and stir with the wine mixture. Scoop the mixture into wineglasses. Cover the glasses and chill in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours. When ready to serve, top with the mint and berries.
Source: Party Like a President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery and Mischief from the Oval Office, By Brian Abrams. Workman Publishing. 2015
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Christopher Morley was one of the founders and long-time contributing editor of the Saturday Review of Literature. A highly gregarious man, he was the mainstay of what he dubbed the “Three Hours for Lunch Club”. Out of enthusiasm for the Sherlock Holmes stories, he became the founder of the Baker Street Irregulars and wrote the introduction to the standard omnibus edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes. In 1936 he was appointed to revise and enlarge Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations (1937, 1948). He was one of the first judges for the Book-of-the Month Club, serving in that position until the early 1950s.
YES! YES! YES! FireWalker Publications goes Worldwide, we have added 5 new distribution outlets. Our books are now being sold in:Brazil, Poland, South Korea, Russia and Germany!
Please join me Saturday February 21st at the incredible 2nd Annual Author’s Fair hosted by the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, 91101. The event will be held in the Great Hall between 10am-2pm.
My lovely poetry collection “Light Through Shuttered Window” will be available for sale along with a selection of my other books.
I’ll also be giving a short poetry reading from the book, and answering all your questions about poetry, writing and self publishing books!
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