Greetings from…Hot Springs, Arkansas, of all places! Hadn’t planned on coming here, but it was on our way home and we thought, why not? Lots of water and trees and trees and water, not to mention ample shopping opportunities. I think we’ll make the short drive to Memphis later today, but who knows?
Our visit with friend KT in Texas was fantastic! She’s such a wonderful hostess (I had my own shelf in the fridge with s-f yogurt and yummy cherry yogurt!), and the weekend passed in a blur of giggles and chatter.
I’m not sure I mentioned that one of our traveling crew, SH, is visiting from Cornwall (southwest tip of Great Britain for those not familiar). She is a remarkably talented and intelligent woman, who I firmly believe can do anything she sets her mind to do. In a single weekend she not only fixed a recalcitrant window blind AND straightened out a problem with the DVD player wiring, but she also cooked Cornish treats for us!
These are Cornish pasties that SH prepared (from scratch!) for us on Saturday. Inside the whole wheat crust are lean beef and all sorts of veggies. I think there may even be a rutabaga in there somewhere. She also made some with cheese instead of the meat. We were all kind of goggle-eyed at how pretty they were. And then tried not to drool all over them, because the aroma was divine.
Btw, pasty rhymes with nasty, but it should rhyme with tasty!
The next day, SH made us a dish called spotted dick, which is a steamed pudding made up of all sorts of fruits (currants and raisins, I think–hard to tell when you’re gobbling) and served with a custard.
She also found real English crumpets (international section at Kroger!), but I scarfed mine down before getting a photo.
I feel as though I’ve gone around the world, food-wise, during this part of the trip. When added to SH’s Cornish and English treats, hostess KT welcomed us with salad and killer pasta primavera the first night, then treated us to authentic Tex-Mex the next day, and then healthy cafe fare on another day. Yummy!
With all those calories, thank goodness I had the Cutest Dog in the Entire Universe to play with:
Emma is four months old and likes her Aunt Cammy to run and hop with her in the back yard. A lot.
Summing up: great friends, great weekend, great memories! I’ll be glad to get home and get back to normal, but this has certainly been one awesome October!