Celebrating with bubbles and ?
I always keep a bottle of sparkling wine in the refrigerator. Nothing too fancy, mind you – that would defeat the purpose. Just something that makes small celebrations affordable, say, Veuve du Vernay Rosé or Antech Cremant de Limoux. And I mean small celebrations like harvesting a batch of potatoes from the backyard or your first handstand.
My favorite morning celebration calls for souffle and a glass or two of sparkling wine. Souffle requires a spouse who is fond of baking and pantry basics like flour, chocolate and eggs.
If you fall in the majority category whose spouse is not a baker, the souffle can be replaced with some fresh baked croissants – Milk Pail in Mountain View, an European style market in the middle of this Silicon Valley exurbia, has excellent frozen ones that can be proofed overnight. Trader Joe’s versions work in a pinch.
For a reliable chocolate souffle recipe that won’t let you down, you only have to reach out for your “Joy of Cooking”.
Night time celebration couldn’t be easier. Just pop open a pack of potato chips and enjoy with your sparkling wine ( a la Marilyn Monroe in “Seven Year Itch”). When you are in a mood to celebrate, it is easy to pretend that you are sitting with Marilyn sipping a bubbly and nibbling on potato chips. After a glass or two, it becomes easier still.