Eataly New York


If you visit New York you must discover Eataly  Situated on Fifth Avenue near Madison Square Park this place is a feast for your eyes and your taste buds. The owners of this establishment are in love with food just like me. You can sit down and eat here, buy your groceries, pick up something special to eat later, and loads of other things to occupy food lovers. You can watch the professionals make pasta, purchase some and then choose the cheese and the sauce that you want to serve with it. You could even sign up for a cooking class. Oh how I wish I lived near a place like this!


We stopped and had lunch at one of the restaurants called “Le Vedura” Just next to the produce department this restaurant focuses on vegetables. The seasonal vegetables lightly fried in olive oil where amazing. Of course you can enjoy a glass of wine with you meal and don’t forget to take the stairs to the roof top where there is a seafood restaurant.



Have you ever seen so many mushroooms? Some of them I had never seen before! Wonderful fresh produce is on show and it is hard not to go home with too much.  Unfortunately I did not have a kitchen to cook in while staying in New York. Next time I will rent an apartment so I can buy all these wonderful ingredients and take them home to cook with. Fresh pasta with mushrooms would be so delicious.

Will write up the recipe for fresh mushrooms with pasta on the next post. Buon Appetito!



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New York New York

Some people say “Home is where the heart is” however that causes conflict for me. My heart belongs to my family like most of us but my family is not in the place where my heart sings. Now that I have returned from my American tour I know that it is not just travelling that I enjoyed when I lived in France it was France itself. I enjoyed New York and Washington and I think I could live in New York but it does not feel the way I felt when I was in Paris or France. Do you think it is possible to have stored memories in your genes? Is this why I feel so right when I am in France? God knows I will never be french, as much as I try.

It was my first time to “The Big Apple” and I was filled with impressions from TV shows and movies where New York seemed to be a formidable place that only some people would be able to conquer. However it was quite the opposite. It was easy to navigate and the people were so friendly and helpful. I enjoyed my interludes with the local people. One day we were walking through Chelsea trying to find the Magnolia Bakery when a very nicely dressed older woman asked if she could help us. We ended up talking about how she had lived in the area most of here life and that she was the last of her family in New York.


Magnolia Bakery was crowded when we found it and the window was full of cakes that had that home baked look. I joined the queue and ordered some cupcakes to try. They were moist and the icing was the best part.


With icing on our lips we decided to keep walking and discover what else was in the area. The streets were so pretty with tulips flowering. The weather was just right, cool but not too cold.  I loved the way you see so many dogs going for walks with their owners and dog walkers. Lots of them were “muts” too. They weren’t as keen as Australians on designer breeds and pedigrees. Being an animal lover I stopped and talked to people about their pets. This one named Smudge, was especially wonderful.


One of my favourite things to do when travelling is checking out the local produce. We walked to Dean and Deluca and Eataly and enjoyed finding many things we do not have in Australia. Look at these juicy green fern-like vegetables! They are called fiddleheads and are only available fresh in Spring. You can use them like any other green vegetable and serve with pasta or in a salad.



And how about fresh Garbanzo beans! They are also know as chickpeas and can be eaten fresh from the pod. I have never tasted fresh chickpeas and how good did they taste! I wished I had a kitchen so I could go home and cook with all the amazing things we saw. I got the impression most people in New York eat out or buy something ready made like in Paris. The choices were unbelievable and lots of healthy options.

New York certainly is an amazing city with so much to discover, I look forward to telling more about my adventures in the next post.


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Roasted Vegetable Soup

I first wrote about his soup when I was travelling through France and it is still a family favourite now. I have to spoken to Kelly Higgins-Devine on 612ABC Radio about how easy soups are to prepare and how the roasted vegetables give it that extra delicious taste.

We are half way through our trip now. The thought of it ending fills me with trepidation. I love being here. Paris makes my heart sing.

I have enjoyed the short trips to other places but when we return to our little apartment in St Germain, I am happiest. Even though my apartment in Brisbane has a modern kitchen with many more gadgets, not once have I missed them. It is strange how you want things and then later realise they haven’t really made the impact on your life you thought they would.

The markets are one of the things about Paris that bring me great joy. I know we have markets in Brisbane and they are great, but here there is one within walking distance of most places.  I have bought a “chariot-course”  to carry my purchases. Everyone has one here so you don’t have to be concerned about your image. The weather here means that you can walk there, take your time purchasing anything your heart desires and on the way back I stop with the husba and have a coffee. This is another of my real joys in Paris. No not the coffee, it is pretty terrible most the time, it is people watching while I sit at cafés. I have included some of the wonderful things I have photographed while sitting at the café.




So this week it has turned cooler in Paris some days it is even cold. We have come home after buying way too much at the markets and I have thought, now what am I going to do with all of this.  The answer, a Roasted Vegetable Soup. Easy to make, full of goodness and delicious.

Roasted Vegetable Soup


Any vegetables you have on hand. I used potatoes, leeks, onion, garlic, beans, tomatoes,carrot and sweet potato.

About 4 cups makes enough soup for five.

4 tablespoons of olive oil

dried herbs of your choice, I used parsley and oregano

Salt and Pepper

1 litre of Vegetable Stock

A nice fresh loaf of bread.


Cut and peel all the vegetables and garlic into similar size pieces and place in a roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil and herbs, salt and pepper. Toss well. Place in an oven on 175 degrees and allow to roast until tender and golden.

Take all the vegetables out of oven and place in a large saucepan. Simmer on a low heat with vegetable stock. When vegetables are really soft mash with a potato masher. If you prefer your soup smooth you can blend it. I don’t have any gadgets like that at the moment.

Serve with a drizzle of oil and a crusty loaf of bread.


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