Have you tried any of the off-the-wall recipes in the  Dali cookbook yet?

Dining with Dali

Well, many would say that you probably haven’t missed much but Dali fans will be fascinated by this expectedly eccentric recipe list. The introduction to ’Les Diners de Gala’, published in 1973, states that the book is “… uniquely devoted to the pleasures of Taste. Don’t look for dietetic formulas here” and carries on to warn the reader……”If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you.”

Recipes are exotic, erotic and experimental. Below is one of the few that could actually translate to the average kitchen.


The juice of 1 orange
1 tablespoon bitters (Campari)
1 teaspoon ginger
4 tablespoons brandy
2 tablespoons old brandy (Vielle Cure)
1 pinch Cayenne pepper

This is quite appropriate when circumstances such as exhaustion, overwork or simply excess of sobriety are calling for a pick-me-up.

Let us stress another advantage of this particular pep-up concoction is that one doesn’t have to make the sour face that usually accompanies the absorption of a remedy.

At the bottom of a glass, combine pepper and ginger. Pour the bitters on top, then brandy and “Vielle Cure.” Refrigerate or even put in the freezer.

Thirty minutes later, remove from the freezer and stir the juice of the orange into the chilled glass.

Drink… and wait for the effect.

It is rather speedy.