Friday, July 9, 2010


I built a terrarium today.

My first attempt, lets hope it lives!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Pie quest

So, my mission to myself while in the US, was to try all the different kinds of pies I could get my hands on! The American's are famous for pie - apple pie, pumpkin pie, banana cream pie....

Apple pie - New York: this was not so good as my first pie... it was cold, the pastry was greasy and it doesn't look very appetising does it? I vowed to re-do the apple somewhere along the way
Banana Cream Pie - Chicago: Yum! a custard with banana and a biscuit base, topped with *fake* whipped cream. Apart from the fake cream, this was pretty good

Key Lime Pie - Estes Park, Colorado: Yum Yum Yum!! This was probably the yummiest pie I had. More like a lime cheesecake, it was smooth, zesty and D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!

Strawberry Rhubarb pie - West Yellowstone, Montana: VERY sweet, but delicious. This pie was perfect to top off a day exploring Yellowstone NP in the snow. Should have ordered ice cream instead of cream, as they love their canned cream in the States (yuck)

Chocolate Cream Pie - Twin Falls, Idaho: roadside diner pie. For a chain store diner this wasn't bad. Much like a chocolate bavarian as we know them over here.

Apple pie do-over - San Francisco: This apple pie was MUCH better! Warm, with a dollop of ice cream, it filled the bowl. The pastry was nice and short. YUM!

New York Cheesecake - San Francisco: technically not a pie, but I had to include it. This one was delicious!

Pecan Pie - The Castro, San Francisco: Pecan pie is one of my favourites, and this one was devine. Not too sweet, and a good dispersion of pecans throughout. Yum Yum!

My only regret is that I didn't get to try Pumpkin Pie. It wasn't pumpkin season, I guess, so I couldn't find it anywhere....
All in all, I think it was a successful quest, apart from the extra 1 or 2kg I carried home around my belly...