With the exception that it is full of ill people wearing drips, drains and dressings, the hospital I was at is much like a hotel. In the mornings, one is presented with the day’s menus from which to select the three meals of the day. For the first six days of my stay, I ate eggs for breakfast, being unaccustomed to being so spoiled for choice; poached, scrambled, boiled, fried … As I reached my final three days there, I felt my arteries clogging up and elected to go with the stewed fruit and yoghurt. My lunch choice was generally a chicken salad, although I did enjoy a beef curry one day. By far the best meal I had there was a lentil and butternut babotie; which I will recreate in the near future.
My ward was peopled with a riotous bunch and we laughed far too much; all things considered. The reality of coming home to Marmite toast was an anti-climax to say the least and – by Friday – I was champing at the bit to get back into my kitchen. First up I hauled a smoked chicken and some gypsy ham from my freezer, still feasting on the contents of my hamper from The Feinschmecker, chopped and mixed with a bit of sweetcorn and crumbled feta cheese and stuffed into cannelloni tubes,
before baking under a sauce of roasted tomatoes. I deliberately didn’t add any herbs because I wanted the smokiness of the meats to rule the dish.
Not a patch in comparison to being served in bed, but perfectly OK as first-meals-back-home go …
1836 Alonzo Dwight Philips patented the phosphorous friction safety match in the U.S.
1861 The first transcontinental telegraph was completed and went into operation. Within days the Pony Express ceased operations.
1911 Nathaniel Wyeth was born. A chemist and inventor, he patented the PET (polyethylene terephthalate). It was the first plastic strong enough to use to bottle carbonated beverages.
1929 ‘Black Thursday’ – the first day of the panic driven stock market crash that precipitated the Great Depression.
1939 Employees at DuPont’s factory in Wilmington, Delaware purchased the first nylon stockings for sale in the U.S. They were available nationally in May, 1940.
Have a good week, friends, it’s great to be back.