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Madness in New York and ginger beer.

This past week has been a whirl of madness, I got on the subway (Tube for the Brits) and there was a perfectly normal looking guy – I say that, but what is normal looking? Well I can hear my mum saying, he looked clean! but he was singing out loud, he had his headphones on and I could not make out if he knew he was singing our loud or if he was doing it by accident.  I really wanted to ask him but decided against it, I mean he could be a raving nutter couldn’t he?

So I step off the train in Times Square, this should have been my first warning, but being blond I just didn’t think and the first thing I see when I hit the daylight was this guy taking a pee in the street. Yep you heard it he was standing between two cars peeing in broad daylight into the street. I certainly was not going to get any closer and ask him if he knew what he was doing!

So I continued to walk towards home, that is the huge apartment block on the Hudson River with the red flashing handbag on the top, just in case you were wondering. As I walk down 9th Avenue or for those in the know this is locally referred to as ‘Hells Kitchen’ I have no idea why except for the fact that this area has more restaurants than any other area in the city so maybe it is because all the Chef’s are mad, then I saw this sign out side one establishment.

I will leave the pudding thanks!

I will leave the pudding thanks!

I quite like a plate of braised lamb or couscous but on this occasion I will leave the pudding thanks all the same!

I have been telling everyone or more appropriately anyone that will listen about my diet, because I am eternally proud of the fact that I have in fact lost 30lbs. If anyone comments by saying that made me a fatty or a beached whale I will not speak to them ever again. I know I needed to loose the weight, but you have to remember I now live in the land of ‘Eat all you can for $10′. So now I have been eating out less and eating at home less, you work that one out.  Having said that I have now firmly established my own seat at Rouge Tomate on 60th & 5th Avenue, the bar tender actually knows my full name and has my 300 calorie or less cocktail awaiting me on most afternoons – what is he trying to say? I am only joking, well kind of ! but anyway the reason I am talking about Rouge is that their food is very healthily put together  because I am finding that I do not come out feeling or looking like Jabba the Hut when I go there. If you live in New York or visit then try it for yourself and let me know.

No Carbs in sight!

No Carbs in sight!

I actually asked the Operations Director, Peter if they could show me how to make the low calorie drinks, I was referring to the non alcoholic ones of course. He invited me into have a lesson, how cool is that? so I met up with IAM actually pronounced EAM who proceeded to show me how to make ginger beer. I was amazed at how simple it is, take lots of ginger the amounts vary depending on the size of the container you are going to use obviously and then puree it in a juicer. He then strained it to make sure all the woody bits were removed. Next take some hot water and add to a quart of sugar and 2 tsps of yeast, stir until dissolved. He then placed all the ingredients into a glass jar that has a seal-able lid, before closing he added an orange, lemon and lime which he cut up. Basically that’s it, just leave out for 24 hours, remove fruit then place in a fridge for 2 weeks before drinking. If you want it to be fizzy then add small amounts to a carbonating syphon sand away you go, homemade ginger beer!

Eam making ginger beer

Eam making ginger beer

So now you decide who is sane and who is mad and next week’s lesson will involve  a tube of glue and two cocktails sticks!