On Monday I was so exhausted from Arabella’s eventful week of events that I took advantage of the break in the scheduling and stayed in bed while the sunshine beamed down on me through the windows. I lay in bed with two friends, laptop and i-phone. A text came through from Celia and she was inviting me to join her for lunch. I love an invite!
I sprang out of bed and got organised.
Not organised enough it seems.
Celia had told me to meet her at a cafe next to Neutral Bay Wharf. I went to ‘the other’ Neutral Bay Wharf, called the Kurraba Road Wharf where there wasn’t a cafe, only a milk bar. I was worried Celia had lowered her standards. A quick call alerted me that I was off on a tangent and not at the true Neutral Bay Wharf, the one called Hayes Street Wharf, so I beetled back to where I was meant to be by which time Celia had been waiting for me for 20 minutes.
Thelma and Louise is a delightful cafe right beside the Neutral Bay Wharf (Hayes Street) and overlooks amazing water views.
And so I was feeling rather ill especially after a second helping of baklava that at the time, seemed like a good idea. It was too much and I certainly wasn’t feeling the best but I can’t blame the cafe – I just shouldn’t have had so much sugar.
Celia was her usual generous self and gave me a bag of produce freshly harvested from her garden.
I used Celia’s gifts to make a cleansing salad that was rejuvenating after all that indulging in sugar. I tore up the cos lettuce, piled on the sorrel then added the beetroot that I’d roasted, peeled and sliced then tossed in grain mustard and balsamic vinegar. I sprinkled the dish with torn mint leaves and drizzled with olive oil. It was so delicious and a total family favourite and there were no leftovers, not even a remnant. And it all came from Celia’s garden!
I had a wonderful day that was full of laughs and good times and was the perfect way to relax after such a hectic previous week.
Thelma and Louise: is at Shop1/1 Hayes Street, Neutral Bay Ph: 9953 7754
Celia’s Garden: is at – well, that’s a secret!