Thursday, October 31, 2013
Difficult imagining a more archetypical Halloween landscape than the tiny hamlet of Hurley, with its collection of 17th-century stone houses, brooding giant elm and oak trees and ancient graveyard. Cafe Drake HRV learned plenty of local history, all of it bloody and creepy of course, on the annual Haunted Hurley walking tour. Congrats to the Hurley Heritage Society for organizing the event and many thanks for serving freezing short-term tourists hot cider and apple cider doughnuts by candlelight!
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
|Looks good enough to eat, eh? It is if you happen to be a dog. Arabella LUVS the canine Halloween cookies sent from her grandmother.|
|South Indian inspired supper of dal, brown rice, yogurt, salad, mint chutney, pappadum and tomato and sunflower pate.|
Monday, October 21, 2013
A necessary evil, renovation is rarely fun to live alongside. Even more unsettling was our contractor's advice to "be careful and watch out for animals" possibly emerging from within shattered walls. Apparently overnight below freezing temperatures mean one last chance for creepy crawly things to seek the warm shelter of Cafe Drake HRV! We'll keep you posted and fingers crossed we're not hosting our next cocktail party for a pack of racoons or a murder of crows.
|Let's make this Fall breeze of a Venetian pasta entree in steps: Local red bell peppers, onions and eggplant are first roasted with olive oil and salt and pepper until tender but not overly browned.|
|The roasted veggies are tossed with hot pasta, more salt and pepper and 1 cup ricotta cheese.|
Friday, October 18, 2013
In town to teach two classes on canning and Indian cuisine - dal specifically - Cafe Drake HRV was able to grab a couple of quick minutes catching up w/ J&B . . . a brief bar crawl before dinner.
|Arabella serving her best editorial/couture pose in Jen and Ben's chic new condo.|
Julianne Zaleta (check out her natural perfumes and more at Alchemologie) paid Cafe Drake HRV a visit this week and brought along as gifts two of her delicious alcoholic creations - Shiso Vodka and Pistachio Vodka. In the photo just above we mixed the shiso vodka with club soda and lime for a tart and herbaceous cocktail designed to whet appetites before dinner. Plenty of fun on the recent agenda including day tripping through Kingston, Hudson, Saugerties and Rhinebeck, and of course, the obligatory hike along the Hudson River behind CDHRV.
|Arabella Page always welcomes guests to her home with warm affection. And mood lighting.|
Cafe Drake HRV traveled to Innisfree Gardens near Millbrook, NY as part of an afternoon luncheon and field trip graciously hosted for the volunteers of Montgomery Place. Of all the gardens we've swooned over in the Hudson Valley, few combine majestic, moody vistas with smaller, more intimate outdoor "rooms" to greater effect than the vast grounds of Innisfree. Broadly Asian landscape design, a graceful central lake, unusual water features and a genius intermingling of autumnal colors with stern evergreens.The gardens close for the season next week but we'll return to soak up more inspiration in Spring.