Guten Tag my blogger friends. It has been a while since I posted. My life has been very busy for the last three months and I took a little break from blogging. There were some sad things I do not want to share with the world but there were also some happy times. My niece and her family came in January and we had a great time together. It was such a treat to be with my little grandniece. In February we embarked on an adventurous trip to Australia and New Zealand. When March came around I had some health problems but I am fine now and ready to rejoin the the blogging world.
I finally had two dear friends convince me to go on a cruise with them. I have always wanted to go on a cruise but not my husband. Earlier, we had signed up for a cruise to the Scandinavian Fjords but when my husband found out he had to wear formal attire, he cancelled, which was good because the pandemic hit one month later.
We signed up for our cruise in November. It would take us from Sydney to Auckland in February on a 12 day journey. Since neither my husband nor I had been in Australia or New Zealand we decided to stay in Sydney for 4 days before sailing. It was a good decision.We loved Sydney with its brilliant beaches, unusual vegetation, exotic animals, and urban comfort. February means summertime in Australia and it brings everybody out. The locals were friendly and courteous, they seem to be content and well taken care of from what I saw. I think it would be a great place to live. It is ranked the 5th most livable city in the world with so much to offer.
Sydney has an array of beautiful beaches. Our favorite was Manly beach. You can reach Manly by taking a public ferry. I talked to a scuba diver who said this was his favorite beach for diving and he had been all over the world.
The other beach we saw was Bondi Beach which we visited when when we were on the Hop On Hop Off bus.
And then of course there is the iconic Opera House that dominates the beautiful Sydney harbor with its towering sail structure. The Opera House is across from the Sydney Harbor Bridge, another iconic landmark of Sydney
My favorite place to eat was the Harbourfront Seafood Restaurant, where we had the seafood tower. This was a great introduction to local seafood. My husband’s favorite food was a pig knuckle in a German restaurant.
One afternoon we explored the Royal Botanical Garden. I was fascinated by the different species of plants and trees. I wish I could have stayed in Sydney longer because there is so much more to see and do.
Once I returned to Santa Cruz I was happy to be back in my kitchen. The first thing I made was a loaded chicken broth that I used for my chicken fricassee. We had so much rain and bad weather that I cooked warming dishes like short ribs and lamb shanks. The recipe for the short ribs is from the NYT and the lamb shanks from Bon Appetite. I will post the recipe for lamb shanks one of these days.
Asparagus arrived in the grocery stores and I made my Asparagus soup and my salmon crepes. I am working on a recipe for asparagus quiche. For dessert I chose this simple but oh so tasty Italian shortbread tart called Fregolotta.
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Thank you for visiting my blog. My two passions are cooking and traveling. Traveling exposes me to a wide variety of food and experiences. I walk around cities looking for markets, restaurants, bakeries, shops, you name it, and if it is related to food you will find me there, tasting, smelling, talking to vendors, and having a great time.