It was an old hotel named “Kensington Palace Hotel” in a fabulous location in London. I spent four or five days and nights there many months of my life. Known to us as “KPH”. The staff here treated us better than any hotel on the planet. The general meeting place for us was the lounge before we went out to dinner but occasionally I met friends in the intimate bar. The bar was quite small yet quiet and joyful simultaneously. My first time there meeting a friend I noticed an elderly couple enjoying a special drink, a Champagne Cocktail, the original. Through the years I would see this special couple with their special cocktail on any and every Sunday that I was there. Eventually I asked the bartender if he knew them and he replied that he knew they had married about 50 years ago and this was their “date ritual” every Sunday. They appeared to be in their seventies and still spoke closely with hushed tones enjoying their intimacy. And for me, this cocktail is my tradition.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Kensington Palace Hotel *
There are so many Champagne Cocktails but you must have the original Champagne Cocktail.
Ingredients and Preparation
- 1 Sugar Cube
- Angostura Bitters
Place a sugar cube in a chilled champagne glass, lash it with 2 or 3 dashes of bitters (Angostura or Peychaud’s), fill the glass with brut champagne or other, cheaper, bubbly. Squeeze a lemon twist on top for an option.
* This famous hotel is now Thistle Kensington Park Hotel.
If you have 2 apples and a few pantry cake ingredients life is good. Very little planning or time but success awaits.
Apple Upside Down Cake
- 1 1/2 C. Flour
- 2 1/2 t. Baking Powder
- 1/4 t. Salt
- 1/3 C. Shortening
- 2/3 C. Sugar
- 1 Lg. Egg (beaten)
- 3/4 t. Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 C. Milk
- 3 T. Butter (melted)
- 3 T. Brown Sugar
- 2 Apples (peeled and sliced) (1 1/2 apples used here)
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream (Optional-for whipped cream garnish)
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt (or sift)
- Cream together the shortening and sugar
- Add the beaten egg; beat thoroughly and add the vanilla
- Add dry ingredients alternately with the mil; stir only enough after each addition to blend thoroughly
- Pour the melted butter in cake pan; add the brown sugar
- Add the sliced apples
- Pour the batter over the apples
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes
- Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool for 10 minutes
- Run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan and invert the cake onto the serving plate
- Garnish with “soft” whipped cream*
Recipe from “Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book”