“I spent the afternoon in the drawing-room of the flat. I read a little – there were some very serious American magazines, not like the ones Miss Marcy had. But most of the time, I just thought. And what I thought about most was luxury. I had never realized before that it is more than just having things; it makes the very air feel different. And I felt different, breathing that air: relaxed, lazy, still sad but with the edge taken off the sadness. Perhaps the effect wears off in time, or perhaps you don’t notice it if you are born into it, but it does seem to me that the climate of richness must always be a little dulling to the senses. Perhaps it takes the edge off joy as well as off sorrow.” – Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
I cruised through reading I Capture the Castle this week – it was charming and quirky, and I highly recommend it. The above lines from the book have been haunting me the last two days, as I ponder joy and sorrow, too much and not enough. Does convinience and comfort take away from the real pleasures and purposes of life? This has absolutely nothing to do with sparkling amethyst granitas, so I will clumsily tie together my inner musings with this delicious, slushy drink that I also made this week. It is from the pages of Pretty Simple Cooking, a new cookbook from Alex and Sonja Overhiser (or, otherwise known as A Couple Cooks). I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Sonja and Alex for awhile now – they visit Minneapolis a few times a year, and we’ve had some epic get togethers (seven hour brunches and Faux Martha pizza parties, to name a few). Their new book is lovely, filled with recipes that ‘balance beautiful, creative recipes with accessible concepts.” I highly recommend checking it out.