Homeward Bound

by Cate on November 18, 2005

We’ve been at sea all day today and the weather has been really turbulent. Turns out there’s bad weather off the Eastern seaboard and New Jersey is welcoming us with open arms. We’ve been sailing into the storm since we woke up this morning, and it will continue until we arrive tomorrow. The skies in front of us are gloomy, gray and rainy, and I kid you not, a trail of bright sunshine behind us. The seas have been pretty rocky, making for very unbalanced walking. Fun!

Made a concentrated effort to really relax today, especially since it’s the last day on the ship. Managed to finish a whole book (and if you have a three-year-old, you’ll understand my elation with this!), and it was a non-cookbook at that. Even managed to sneak in an afternoon nap. Finally finished Cooking with Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser, and really enjoyed it. I have earmarked tons of new recipes in it to try and love her approach to food and friends; I found it very inspiring.

Dinner tonight … the starter I chose was Shrimp Cocktail, followed by Caesar Salad and Steak with Herbed Butter. One of the lunch features was a wonderful Indian Vegetable Curry with Basmati Rice and I snagged an amazing chocolate truffle dessert. I’m going to miss this whole “dessert with lunch” thing.

Bindi came through for me with one of the two recipes I was looking for: the Rustic Vidalia Onion Tart with Red Pepper Coulis from the first night. He couldn’t find the flan, but did produce a Creme Brulee recipe. I’m psyched! Now we just need to pare down the serving size from the 100 it yields. Found out it contains Gruyere cheese – definitely one reason it was so divine.

Managed to stay awake for the Grand Midnight Buffet last night and it was quite a sight. Caviar stations, peel and eat shrimp, sushi, sandwiches, breads, amazing desserts and more — wait ’till you see the pictures! It takes the staff 300 man-hours just to produce this one buffet – incredible attention to detail.

Ok folks, all for tonight. Off to pack and call it a night. New (to me) Blogger on the Block Thursday will resume its regularly scheduled day next week. Until tomorrow…

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Stephanie November 18, 2005 at 4:58 am

Sounds like an amazing trip!

I was doing really, really well with my 50 Book Challenge, but I’m stuck in the mid-30’s. I do know what it’s like to try and read a book with a small fry around!

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Sara November 18, 2005 at 5:49 pm

I loved Cooking For Mr. Latte too! I read it on my summer vacation and marked all the recipes I want to try. I haven’t tried any yet though.

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Cate November 19, 2005 at 4:09 am

Stephanie – I’m impressed you’re up to the mid-30s!

Sara – looks like you and I will have to start an Amanda Hesser cooking challenge! ;)

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