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:
- Jamaican Jerk Chicken
- Rice and Peas
- Garlic-Lemon Spinach
- Garden Salad (from our urban garden!)
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!