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18 miles of books

Home alone at the moment while Maki and Brian are out shifting office stuff. The fools keep leaving me alone with a good internet connedxion :)

A quieter day today. We sent out around lunch time, in the rain, and first visited a Farmer's Market, which seems an unlikely thing in NYC but there you are - or there it was. Piles and piles of fruit and veg on stalls: lots of apples and squashes. One stall was selling orange carrots, red carrots and yellow carrots. I tried a little of the rosemary sorbet that Maki about. Nice but odd. I was very a amused by a T-shirt which had a pic of Geronimo and some of his Apache warriors, with the slogan 'Department of Homeland Security - fighting terrorists since 1692'.

From the market we went into the Strand - a used bookstore that claims to have 18 miles of books. I'm not convinced about that, but it was spread out over 3 floors, with masses of shelves and lots of alcoves.I got a calendar for next year, with groovy photos of galaxies, plus three books. I got a remarkably cheap Time-Life Old West book on Indians, which is one of the very few in that series I don't aolready have and actually want. Also a comprehensive book on Native Americans by a very good author, and a book on American train wrecks. I asked one guy at the help desk where the Transportation section was and got a very blank look. I said 'trains' and he got that I meant: the section is actually labelled as 'transportation' - duh ! The train wreck book has lots of amazing photos of locomotives piled atop one another and lyoing on their sides, and also gives some details about how the trains wrecked - how derailments happen etc, which is useful to mywriting and therefore Counts As Research.

From there we stopped at a wholefood/organic supermarket and got various things including ice cream. When we got back we started with the mint choc chip, which was good, and then had the French vanilla which we added rum-soaked raisins too. Should be having more of that later as a late dessert -mmmm. Maki had intended the raisins to go in sticky buns she was going to make for some friends who were visiting for breakfast. There wasn't time to get those done, so she did other things including what they call toad in the hole. This was in fact a kind of eggy bread - a slice of bread with a hole cut out to cook an egg in. Maki used the dough this evening to make some belated sticky buns and Madison House rolls. These are lovely bread rolls - you flatten the ball of dough, butter one side and then fold it so it cooks with the butteriness inside. They are moist and very yummy. She also said somthing about using mashed potato in the dough, but I didn't like to ask.

Tomorrow we have another visitor coming to stay, and we're going to see 'Spamalot'. I expect the theatre will be a silly place.



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23rd Sep, 2007 03:06 (UTC)
What a lovely life your friends lead and what a great holiday you're having!

I like the idea of the Madison bread rolls. I only found out about American toad in the hole recently on linguaphiles when someone asked about it. For us, as for you I think, it's sausages cooked in a Yorkshire pudding-like batter which usually leaves holes over them so you can see them hiding in there. :-)
24th Sep, 2007 15:29 (UTC)
Actually I think their Parker House rolls, not Madison. I didn't remember it right. They still taste good whatever they're called.
23rd Sep, 2007 06:38 (UTC)
this sounds like so much fun

I really wish I was there :-)
23rd Sep, 2007 07:37 (UTC)
I've used mashed potato in bread before. I think it's an Irish thing. :-)
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