7.48am, Tuesday 14th February, Royal York Hotel, Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Happy Valentine’s Day to all my favourite blokes … George Clooney, Ed Norton, Derek Jeter, Colin Firth, Matthew Crawley, The Snowman, Mr Saville Row, The Dentist, The Taxman, The Estbek Boys – you all know who you are – oh, and there’s more! Bruce and the Bacchus blokes in Baltimore; Mac, David, Greg and the blokes at The Australian Embassy in DC; My Fedway wine men in New Jersey and Winebow wine men in New York; not forgetting my Royal Navy treble of Jock, Tim & Charlie … I’m starting to be really happy that I didn’t buy cards and chocolate for them all!
Because there’s more – so many blokes that I get to work with and do great sightseeing with on my travels … Happy Valentine’s Day … and thanks! This is for you.
It’s from the creative kitchen of Mark Simmons, the lovely unassuming New Zealander at the Kiwiana stoves in Park Slope, Brooklyn. We tried this experimental run of Valentine’s Day lamingtons at dinner last Friday night. Fluffy vanilla sponge, dipped each side in fresh raspberry sauce and rolled gently in shredded coconut – topped a with a raspberry! And I nearly forgot – freshly whipped cream in the middle! Here you go …