Wednesday, March 9, 2016

ORANGES AND OATHS - Recipes and Writing Prompts with Author Barbara Burke

My Guest today is Author Barbara Burke. Barbara has given us a super-charged recipe for Summertime Sangria along with a writing prompt that I can't wait to try.

Barbara Burke’s peripatetic life means she’s lived everywhere from a suburban house in a small town to a funky apartment in a big city, and from an architecturally designed estate deep in the forest to a cedar shack on the edge of the ocean. Everywhere she’s gone she’s been accompanied by her husband, her animals and her books.

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Barbara, Tell us what you have for us today.
There’s a cobble-stoned pedestrian mall in Montreal, Prince-Arthur St., lined with restaurants. When I lived there the outdoor tables were packed with people socializing and listening to the buskers whenever the weather allowed. Sunday afternoons in summer with friends would be whiled away drinking pitcher after pitcher of Sangria, chatting, laughing and listening to beautiful music. Sangria still makes me think of sunshine and violins and should always be drunk outside.

Sangria recipe

One 750ml bottle of red wine, preferably Spanish

½ cup (125ml) Triple Sec or brandy

2 cups (500ml) of club soda (or ginger ale if you like it sweet)

1 lemon or lime, sliced

1 orange, sliced

A handful of cherries, fresh or bottled
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In a large pitcher mix the alcohol and fruit. Add club soda and plenty of ice when ready to serve. Sangria is very forgiving. This is my preferred tipple, but it’s basically just a case of mixing some wine with some fruit and figuring out what works best for you. The important part is to enjoy it on a patio on a beautiful day with someone you love (and always have the ingredients ready for another batch).

Writing Prompt

You wake up in a room with a locked door and closed curtains. You have no idea where you are or how you got there. You open the curtains and out the window is nothing but the edge of a cliff. Waves crash far below. The door suddenly opens and a voice cries: “Milk of the Mother! Get away from the window.”

When you hear that oath it all becomes clear. There’s only one place on earth where people swear using that particular phrase. Where are you and why?

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  1. Hi Barbara! Thanks for the sangria recipe - totally looking forward to summertime and can't wait to mix up a pitcher!

    1. You're very welcome, Katie. Remember add lots of laughter and be prepared to make another pitcher.