A Pause to Catch my Breath

I have been trying to think of a suitable recipe for days.  I arrived back from New Zealand at 1.45 am on Monday and having finally emerged from that jet lag/crushing tiredness/fog that happens after such a long journey, I wanted to get back to my blog.  But the recipe had to be perfect, appropriate and apt, and I couldn’t think what it should be.  So I asked Tom (who is here at the moment), ‘What recipe would you like me to do?  What would you like to cook?’  Tom helpfully replied ‘Dunno, Mum, whatever you want’.

So I thought I’d post some pictures which Daisy and Ellie sent to me showing their creations and see if inspiration strikes.  If not, you’ll at least get to see some nice pictures.


Daisy’s spaghetti sauce which looks scrummy


Daisy’s madeira cake which looks very enticing with the addition of icing


Ellie’s pavlova – I love the combination of red and green – looks amazing.

I wish I knew how to put these photos into the comments section of the relevant recipes but I don’t!

Tom is here with a friend, Callum, and they have been doing a bit of a gastronomic tour of New York.  It is Callum’s first visit to the States and he has a list of things that must be tried.  Last night we went to Lombardi’s Pizzeria in what today is called NoLiTa (North of Little Italy).  Lombardi’s was the original pizzeria in New York and is still thought to be one of the best.  We all ordered our own pizzas and I have to say that they were very good.  The crusts are thin and crunchy, but I felt that the toppings stopped too far from the edge.  Tom and Callum disagreed.


I chose the Clam Pie.  It’s a white pizza with olive oil, lots of garlic, parsley, parmesan and at least ‘two dozen freshly shucked clams’ on it.  I thought it was delicious, but was quite glad that the toppings didn’t go to the edge so that I could legitimately leave quite a lot of the base.  I am still trying to avoid carbs so a pizzeria wasn’t the best restaurant for me.


Callum had prosciutto on his.


Tom had pepperoni and Italian sausage on his.

The French couple on the next couple were quite disconcerted by the quantity of pizza we ordered, but I told them that we were taking the balance home for breakfast.  (Actually Tom and Callum had two pieces each left and ate them whilst watching the basketball last night).

Today we have been to Katz’s Deli on the Lower East Side and we all ordered the classic pastrami on rye.  It really was very good and not quite such stupid portions as the Carnegie Deli.  The pastrami is cut thicker too which I definitely prefer.


Our waiter was quite surprised that we ate everything (with the exception of my bread), and even more surprised that Tom and Callum then ordered a piece of cheesecake each…  which they both finished.  Again, the portion of cheesecake wasn’t as large as in many NYC restaurants, and the boys hadn’t had breakfast in expectation of this meal.

While wandering to a shop I passed this sign


Tom and Callum were too stuffed to even think about a cupcake but I know where the shop is for future reference!

So all these photos have been posted and I still haven’t thought of a recipe for today though I have an inkling for my next post.


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