Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
~ T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
It’s grey and gloomy outside, perfect blogging weather even though I have nothing concrete to blog about today. Being on holiday does that to you sometimes – makes your writing all unfocused and scattered, because there’s so much important stuff to do. Stuff like lazing around in pyjamas, reading books, starting 2012 projects, catching up with favourite people, lying on the grass and watching the sunset, dancing/prancing around, going on long drives, watching movies… you know? It’s hard to focus.
(Alright, I’ll stop rubbing it in for those of you virtuous folk who have already been back at work for a week or two ;-))
So today’s post is going to take the form of “random”. Hope you enjoy it anyway.
Here’s a photo of our dinner the other night, as prepared by my friend Jacqui – whoever knew that pizza without cheese would still taste so good?! Peaches + smoked chicken slices + spinach + mushrooms + capsicums + apricot chutney atop two of those handy pizza bases (3 for $2.99!) made for a rapid (done in 10 minutes!) and good dinner.
A few of my friends here seem to have developed a sudden penchant for bubble tea. Previously, I only visited Hulucat with a certain trio, and quite sporadically at that. We discovered Hulucat’s second branch near the Civic on Tuesday, a very handy location for a post-movie debrief. I’m still undecided as to whether I like bubble tea, but on occasion I find an original or oatmeal milk tea takes my fancy. Hulucat does a fine job with their bubble tea – easy to drink, sweet and customisable (you can request any crazy combination of tea/toppings and have it hot, cold or less sweet). I now skip the pearls though, so as to avoid feeling crazy full afterwards!
And it’s been more than 24 hours since Grace and I went to Giapo… but frankly I find it difficult to forget the gelato we had this time! Grace got a scoop of earl grey tea gelato – I tried it, it was stunning and captured the flavour perfectly – and a scoop of cherry tart. I went for a scoop of the dark chocolate and porcini mushroom, and a scoop of cherry tart too. I was handed a tub containing a velvet dark chocolate dream, and a summery treat with real cherry bits and topped with shortbread crumbs. Very much an indulgence. Very much enjoyed.
In between, I’ve been eating fresh strawberries, greens, eggs, and one rather unhealthy takeaway dinner (which I ate on the porch with my friend R while the clouds turned pink, so that made up for it)…
Hope you are all having a great day, enjoy it – rain, shine or snow… today only comes once.
Hulucat Tea House – 16 Wellesley Street, Auckland – Phone: 09 377 0307
Giapo – 279-291 Queen Street, Auckland – Phone: 09 550 3677
Thank you for your visit to my blog.
Your Random post introduced me to lots that I was ignorant of (sorry about the grammar) and sent me on a Wikki hunt to learn more!
I do that a lot too (go Wiki hunting, I mean!) – love that we have blogs from all over the world which introduce us to so many new things.
I am definitely starting to come around to the idea of pizzas without cheese. I reckon the cheese provides moisture and umami, so if you sub things in to fill those roles then the pizza would still work. I reckon a peach and prosciutto pizza could work too, following your theme of peach on pizza!
Ooh… that sounds like a winning pizza there Zo! Yum! Sweet + salty + moist. Yes. I also like the alliteration in the title.
Earl grey tea gelato, i am so looking forward to my next trip home, you are going to have to make a list for me!! i am so out of touch! c
I will most certainly be glad to help compile a list, Celi! I hope you come back to NZ for a visit soon!
Beatiful and delicious… Thanks and Love, nia