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With the Summer Solstice, we have been cooking a lot. I usually do all the shopping and W. does all the cooking. Today he made one Quiche for a dear friend and one for our supper, both ham and PEI Asparagus, we are at the end of the Season now. The New Potato Season has started and on PEI it is like Beaujolais Nouveau you have to try them and be able to offer an opinion. PEI Strawberries Season are about 2 weeks away though we have Strawberries from Nova Scotia because of a special micro climate there, it is protocol to wait for PEI Strawberries, they are very fragrant and have a good fruit perfume, reminds me of the olden days.

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Then in terms of Seasonal Cocktail I got out my bottle of PIMM’s No.1 which is the Official drink of the British Foreign Service and Army. PIMM’s is the drink of diplomats, of Wimbledon, Henley Royal Regatta, Chelsea Flower Show, Glynbourne Festival and Ascot. It is very easy to prepare as a cocktail, the recipe in on the label. PIMM’s has won 14 international awards in 160 years. Served cold it is very refreshing and elegant. The creator was James Pimm’s who invented the liquor in 1823 and served it at his Oyster Bar in London.

The liqueur featured is Pimm’s Cup No. 1, a gin based spirit with the flavor of spiced fruit. Adding a mixer as subtle as lemonade enhances its character and turns it into a stimulating and light beverage.

Ingredients

  • 1 part Pimm’s Cup No. 1
  • 3 parts 7up or Lemonade
  • Garnish: mint, orange, and/or strawberries
  • Garnish: cucumber slice or peel

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For dessert I got some Pears to poach in Red Wine, a wonderful dessert and again something you see a lot in Italy in Summer. Refreshing and elegant serve cold at the table. Finding the right kind of pears might be difficult, because you are poaching them and you want a firm fruit not a mushy one. For the red wine a good table wine will do.

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Tomorrow, W. is going to make another dessert with Rhubarb, the Season is at an end and we will use the stocks we have left. W. is also making a Veal Stew for our dinner. We have good simple meals always.

Now in 29 days we are going to the Cottage at French River PEI near Cavendish and looking forward to it.

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The Lighthouse at Yankee Hill, French River PEI.