2020: Recipes With Miss Rona... Part 6!
Here in November 2020, now comes the time for Miss Rona's final recipe. Encompassing the foodie memories that were made during my December 2019 USA trip. Stepping back to my week spent in NJ, NY and PA, I tried my best to recapture the flavours that I travelled 15 hours on a flight from Beijing, China. Miss Rona has not stopped me from executing any recipes! Too right!
The prospect of spending my 30th birthday at home in England was becoming a real thing, embracing that eventuality I decided to try some Vietnamese to toast my new decade! I haven't been to Vietnam yet but it was a food that I had when I returned to NYC's own Chinatown in December 2019. Also I had enjoyed Vietnamese food much more during my 2012 NJ/NY placement year, the 'Pho 88' location had well closed by the time I made my Stateside comeback! Fearing not I found another place to bring that 'Beef Pho' back into my life! Finding myself in the depth of a second UK 'Lockdown', I was able to source the necessary ingredients for that meal. I had never tried making such a specialised 'Noodle' dish, I knew that it would be possible even though I had thought about abandoning those birthday dinner plans in 'Lockdown'. I would make those 'Summer Rolls' and my own 'Peanut Sauce' for dipping. 'Rice Paper' ordered and received, the deep bowl from eBay need to hurry up! Yesss, that Hermes delivery rode on time!
Casting my mind back to that beyond early morning, I took to those darken streets in Queens, NY. I was looking for the Denny's that was on my pre-5 am settings, that 24 all American diner had me finding it with ease. Ordering the 'American Breakfast', I wanted all those fixings! I didn't feature my super size breakfast because in the back of my mind I had a plan! Or was it another subliminal push from Miss Rona? Oh, I knew so! Still within that November 'Lockdown' funk, I had all my breakfast items needed to recreate that very unhealthy yet hearty meal! Firing up the stove I got my homemade 'Potato Rosti' on the go, prepping the 'Pancake' mix had to be done! 'Rosti' done, it was time to get the 'Sausages' and 'Bacon' sizzling in the best way! No messing, that big fat 'American Breakfast' needed all those calories and more! I had 'Pineapple Juice' that day but it looks more like squash in the photo because I forgot to shake the carton good beforehand! That less than 'American Coffee' was made to accompany the 'Juice'. Serving!
My 2019 trip to NYC, Newark and Philadelphia had allowed me to recapture certain neighbourhoods that 2012 had allowed me to meet for the first time, it was the second meeting with Brooklyn's Hasidic corner that had me baking for the gods! Lee Avenue had attracted me, set within Williamsburg in New York City's Borough of Brooklyn had opened my eyes to the ultra conservative Jewish enclave that served nothing but Hasidic Realness! I had done some more research before landing into the USA, I invested in a mobile sim that would allow me to find the area in question with the help of mobile data. With that data I had found Gottlieb's Kosher Restaurant. I had started things really early that day, being the same day that I had woken up at 4 am for my 'American Breakfast' at Denny's, I had some time to use in that Jewish Brooklyn neighbourhood. As the rain poured, I found a Kosher bakery. Stepping into that bakery I tried a piece of 'Marble Cake!' Choosing a warming cup of 'Hot Chocolate' had to be done! Oy!