Out of Blue Monday into Fat Tuesday Spirit for July 4th

If you’re living away from home and you’re like me, expect certain holidays to bring up bittersweet memories. Today is 4th of July in Australia and people in the USA are just waking up to their Independence Day. I’m grateful for the SMS messages I’ve received from my local friends and family but a small part of me is longing for a hot summer BBQ, corn on the cob and juicy berries.

To bring a bit spirit of the 4th to me, I’m doing a couple of things I love: hiking and cooking. I’m sharing this with you in case you’re an American expat feeling blue in hopes of inspiring you to do something you love when you’re homesick.

It is whale watching season here in NSW and I had to go have a sticky beak (aka: a gander) at the ocean down the road from me. The cars were backed up outside the national park, but I persevered, got out of the car and walked into the popular site.

I was glad I walked in as I had some time for myself and reflection.

I didn’t see any whales as I enjoyed my solitude so much that when I got to the site, I couldn’t bear to be a part of this crowd:

So I got back on the track to take in nature.

To bring in some 4th of July spirit, I wanted to make  the Daily Dish’s Red, White & Blueberry Tartlets but I went to the market and berries were $10 a punnet! Since I wear braces I can’t eat corn on the cob now and it’s simply too cold to BBQ tonight. Sigh. My husband loves Cajun food, so did a quick search on the web and came across this great recipe for  Louisiana Gumbo from a fellow Yank at Victor’s Food Blog. I’ll save this for a time when there are more people to share this with. Hmmm…it’s Monday night, so after work a simple quick menu is the go-er.

Hate to admit it, but I had to turn to the Brits for inspiration and went with Nigella Lawson‘s recipes. (Probably has to do with her new Apple App I’ve just downloaded called “Quick” — 5 stars! — which has videos, voice recognition to turn the pages so you don’t get your i-device sticky while cooking and even puts together a shopping list for you!) Ok – no more spruiking, back to the menu: 

I’m not a food blogger so will leave the photos out of this post…suffice it to say I can recommend the recipes (click on items above for links) and have captured a celebratory vibe. Happy 4th of July — wherever you are!

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5 Responses to Out of Blue Monday into Fat Tuesday Spirit for July 4th

  1. sliceofshanghai says:

    Hi,
    I can totally relate to those “holiday blues”. I’ve had that all my life, living away from family and friends. Glad you did something fun! Love your post!

  2. Maureen says:

    On the 4th I dressed the dog up in his US flag bandanna and went walking along the esplanade in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast looking for any American tourist to say hi to. I stopped at Baskin-Robbins and had a chocolate peanut butter ice cream cone and then a friend gave me a 4th of July present — a Reese’s peanut butter cup.

    Holidays can be tough away from family but when I’m homesick I cook American food. Thankfully there’s USA Foods in Melbourne that ships nationwide!

    • Hello Maureen and thanks again for your suggestion about USA foods! (Maureen and I “met” on http://www.davidlebovitz.com just this morning — gotta love the bloggesphere!).

      Great idea about meeting other American expats! I know exactly where you were as my husband plays in an annual soccer/football tournament in the Sunshine coast. If you live there, do you know if the Spirit Of Tibet Restaurant – Mooloolaba is closed? It used to be one of my favourites and I was going to pass along to you, but came across an article that it closed in March 2011.

      I digress…perhaps you’ll do a post about your 4th — as a food blogger I’d like to see what you cooked and a photo of your dog all spiffed up for the ocassion.

  3. thedailydish says:

    Okay – definitely a different, but fun way to pass the 4th of july! So sorry you couldn’t make the tarts ($10?!! yikes!) but glad you did make some other tasty treats. We just got back from 2 weeks in the green mts of Vermont — sorry I’ve been so slow in commenting. The cabin was internet-less (but certainly had it’s fair share of SPIDERS!) XO

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