I grew up in a kitchen with a sweeping view of Puget Sound, Vashon Island and the Olympic Mountains. That can spoil a person for anything else. My next kitchen view was from my little flat in the University District, which looked out onto a charming garden, a pink “Popcorn Tree” (Dogwood) and a picket fence. It looked particularly pretty in the spring. The kitchen view from our Ballard house looked out onto a green lawn, a very large Bing Cherry tree and a blond two-year-old playing in her sandbox and picking cherry tomatoes off the vine. Today, my kitchen looks out over a wooded ravine, where we see lots of squirrels, deer, raccoons, possums, owls, and many kinds of birds. It’s a very peaceful and green kind of view. The spectacular view from the kitchen at Bayview School of Cooking is, coincidently, much like the one I grew up with, albeit from a very different angle, and suffice it to say, I love it. I’d be willing to bet that we have one of the loveliest views of any cooking school in the country! I like to think that our cooking school—our “kitchen,” if you will—also has another kind of view, a view to exploring new cuisines, new and tried-and-true cooking techniques, innovative new products and just plain good food, so that the nice people who come to our classes can benefit, learn and enjoy.
What better to enjoy a good view than an amazing drink? Here’s an really good drink that I call “The Delicious.” It’s a riff on a Mojito, using gin instead, because I like gin.
Oh, and by the way, the new name of for this blog is “Kitchen with a View.”
5 tablespoons baker’s sugar
¼ mint leaves
½ cup + 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
4½ ounces good quality gin
Put sugar and mint into a large cocktail shaker and muddle with a wooden spoon. Add crushed ice, lime juice and gin and shake furiously. Strain into 2 or 3 large martini glasses (or really, an kind of short glass will do), rimmed with sugar. Garnish with mint leaves. Enjoy!