Happy 4th, a day late

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted for a while.  Basically I needed some time away from the blog.  I had to think about what I really wanted to write about and how I wanted it to look.  I was aided in my break by an operation on my left thumb.  My trapezium bone has been removed and some excess ligament has been put in instead.  Hopefully the pain I was experiencing because of two bones rubbing together will no longer be there and, once my right thumb is sorted as well, I may even be able to play the violin again.  In the meantime, I am very fed up with the cast and have a love-hate relationship with it.  I recognise the necessity for it, but it doesn’t mean that the smelly, dirty thing which can’t get wet is welcome!  Luckily it gets changed on Monday and will be lovely again for a couple of days.  So three months of reflection and I have decided to change nothing!  My main aim with this blog has always been to give family recipes to you boys, and any other readers have just been a bonus.  There you go then – three months of thinking and the only thing that’s changed is WordPress.com.  I see that I can now write blogs in advance and schedule them to upload at a certain point which will be great, but as I write I am not sure how to include photos any more, which is sad because I have take quite a few in anticipation of re-starting my blog.  I have now managed to attach a photo but it isn’t in with the text as it used to be and I only seem to be able to include one photo…..

Yesterday was July 4th, and we had a small party of people over to watch the Macy’s fireworks extravaganza over the Brooklyn Bridge.  They were excellent, the best I’ve seen since we’ve been here in NYC.  The menu included the very traditional – hot dogs, chicken, cole slaw, Junior’s cheesecake, Magnolia Bakery cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies.  It also included our now traditional Buffalo Prawns with Blue Cheese Dressing.  I love chicken, but am not a fan of eating sticky food with my fingers, or pulling meat off bones with my teeth, so the prawns give me the taste but none of the hassle.  My original recipe came from Good Housekeeping magazine but I have changed it.   This is how I made it yesterday.

Hot Buffalo Prawns with celery sticks and blue cheese dip – Ingredients

 (Serves 6)

  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp celery salt
  • 6 tbsp hot sauce – I used Cholula Chili Garlic sauce
  • 4 tbsp clear honey
  • 700g large peeled uncooked prawns
  • Olive oil
  • 1 head of celery, cut into baton

Blue Cheese Dip

  • 150 g sour cream
  • 5 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 170g crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce


Mix together the lemon zest, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, salt, hot sauce and honey.  Pour half of the sauce over the prawns and mix well.  Put the prawns onto skewers.

Mix together all the Blue Cheese Dip ingredients.  Season and mix well.  Put into a serving bowl.  Put the celery sticks nearby.  Put the remaining sauce into a bowl

Grill the prawns for one minute on each side and serve with the dip, sauce and celery.