What a gorgeous day it was in Vienna today. So beautiful that I was compelled to take photos of ducks in Stadtpark – to add to my extensive collection.
While Cate slaved away at work Gwenyth and I walked through Stadtpark and up into the Wollzeile where our first stop was Berndorf to buy Oven Mitts.
Gwenyth had found mine wanting – in that they did not protect your hands from the heat. An important issue – not mitigated by the rooster motifs.
We accomplished this and then on to Kiehls in Tuchlauben to buy body lotions for Christmas presents. I am not a great fan of these products because I reckon that most of this stuff is just based on sorbolene which costs about €10 per litre with scents and junk added and the price multiplied by a factor of 50.
I have very dry skin and use Nivea which costs me about €6 for a large pot.
However – to show that I can also be gulled I must admit that I do use Kiehls Facial Fuel which is supposed to restore my face to its former glory – which of course it will not - and I bought a tube of this without looking at the price and when I got home discovered that it was €44.
Stiffen the lizards.
The major victory of the day was in the knife department.
I have two very good German knives and one fabulous meat knife - but this was hand made by Cate’s father many moons ago and cannot last much longer.
So I have been looking for a good knife block – a replacement meat knife, a bread knife and some utility knives. Lo and behold they had just what I wanted in Berndorf in a set. The perfect block with all the knives I was missing.
This and a Sacher Wurstel at Café Diglas and the morning was perfect.
Wednesday is dinner party day so will be rather more stressful.
I have decided that I will not make my soup early. I did a trial run of my leek and potato soup when Cate was away last week and it was just awful.
So I will make it in the afternoon. But I am not going to try to do the Asian vegetables with the honey lemon chicken – I am going with an Austrian variation.
And I am going to try to get everyone so drunk early that they just don’t care.
I have some fabulous Austrian red wine – the best there is. It knocked their socks off last year and it will do the same this year. And for dessert wines I have some of the best I have ever tasted. And Anzac biscuits - and lamingtons – and pavlova.