I landed in New York two weeks ago, plopping down into a heat wave so fierce not even our new apartment’s central air conditioning could combat it. But it felt so great to be back in the city, I didn’t really mind the extra sweat. I kept wandering the streets in awe, not quite believing that I’m lucky enough to live here again.
After the heat wave broke, I started settling in earnest. I discovered a farmer’s market at Dag Hammarskjold plaza and fell in love with the sweet corn, tomatoes and giant bunches of fresh basil. We made a trip to Ikea in Brooklyn (by water taxi!) and bought more shelves to house the books that seem to breed and multiply in transit. We put together a stroller, paid someone to assemble a crib, and have thought about going to Buy Buy Baby a hundred times (the name alone prevents me from making the trip).
Yes, the baby’s early September arrival is approaching! And I know I should be cooking and freezing meals as fast as my dutch oven can simmer. Unfortunately, all that freezer-friendly food — chili, soup, spaghetti sauce, stew — seems so out of place in the dead heat of summer. Instead — and in full defiance — I’ve purchased an ice cream machine. Yes, instead of preparing meals to defrost when I’m bleary-eyed and greasy-haired I have been making… ice cream. David Lebovitz’s book, The Perfect Scoop, has the best recipes: mint chocolate chip, the fragrant leaves infused into the cream, a drizzle of semi-sweet chocolate shattered throughout. Cherry sorbet from hand-pitted, pureed Washington State bings, a bit of sugar, water and lemon juice. I know, I’m being shortsighted. I’ve heard all about how wrecked I’ll be in a few months and I’m sure this post will incite a few more warnings — the only thing people love more than regaling a pregnant woman with tales of horror is asking her wildly inappropriate questions (that’s another post for another day, though). But I can’t stop wondering: what should the next flavor be?
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