Tuesday, December 7, 2010

In Brooklyn

A squirrel thinking dark thoughts on Warren Street.


I am Le Tired. Writing this Monday night, after a sleepless night on Sunday (the kind where your head refuses to switch off), fun helping Ellen Monday morning arrange greenery and boughs in flurries of snow on the 17th floor of a pink building. We were swaddled in many layers and walked like penguins; a quick burger at the Upper West Side Shake Shack outpost, back on Smith Street at Los Paisanos shopping for dinner Tuesday night when we will feed Ellen and Michael, as well as Sarah, then home, and then much writing - somewhere I roasted two Cornish hens for our supper and we drank some pink wine made in Red Hook.Then I wrote some more.

And here I am.

Meanwhile ponder this: Prunus subhirtella "Autumnalis", also on Warren Street, in temperatures below freezing. Very nice.

And this. People queuing to go down into a hole in the ground, in one of the busiest intersections in Brooklyn. It is a weekly guided tour of an abandoned subway tunnel.

Dinner menu:

Potted pig
Chicken liver pate
Nice bread

Roast carrot and orange soup

White winter salad - endive, fennel,  radishes, celeriac with hazelnut dressing

Slow-roasted shoulder of pig rubbed with summer savoury and fennel (both from the terrace), garlic and lime
Roast potatoes with sage (terrace)

Frozen Grand Marnier souffles a la Le Bec Fin

The End!

Hm. I wonder if I am crazy. We shall see.


  1. I had never thought about how hardy Prunus trees were until we lived in China and saw all the iconic paintings of plum blossoms in the snow. Learning comes in strange ways and places. Right now I am thinking more obviously seasonal thoughts - Giving away a great cookbook to celebrate my Blogoversary. I hope you'll help me celebrate.

  2. I don't think you re crazy. I DO think you are amazing!

  3. Die appel val nie ver van die boom nie. I'm trying to cut down on menus and you are doing the opposite! It sounds delicious - maybe a practice run for Christmas dinner ? Hopefully ?

  4. Yes, you're crazy - quite insane! But sounds lekker all the same. On this side of the world I can't get enough of fresh or roasted bella tomatoes and leafy salads with purple basil, purple-veined sorrel and italian parsley (which looks halfway to celery). When are you coming to CT? looking forward!

  5. Ooh! Klink heerlik. Baie gesofistikeerd!


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