The kids arrived home at seven and Eva made them all toasted cheese sandwiches. The sandwich-maker was rarely pulled out because it lived at the back of a cupboard hidden behind serving bowls, a cake mixer and lunchboxes. It did make delicious sandwiches though and was worth the rummage. Eva tucked into hers and nearly scalded the roof of her mouth on a slice of tomato as the melted cheese and chopped onion oozed out the sides of the toasted bread.
Between the two of them they spent the following hour tasting from a selection of Barbecued Chicken Sticks, Maki Roll, Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya, Philly Steak & Cheese, Blackened Filet Tips served over rice with Gorgonzola Beurre Blanc and Pan Blackened Sea Scallops with Mango Ketchup. It seemed ludicrous to have sampled as much as they did but everything was in really small portions making it possible to savour at most two or three bites and then move on.
….each sip coated the inside of her mouth with flavour before gliding back to warm her throat.
Eva went with a mains choice from the By Land and By Sea menu. She chose an 8oz fillet mignon and lobster tail with mushroom bordelaise reduction, sautéed spinach and jasmine rice. ‘Surf and turf’ at its finest. Cooked exactly to her liking she struggled to finish and there was definitely no way that she had any room for dessert after that extravagance. It was heavenly and washed down with a strongly flavoured Napa Valley Chardonnay.
Eva sat quietly and absentmindedly sipped a frothy cappuccino. She felt like she was in the middle of a blurry dream. People were flitting past them in the shopping centre yet she didn’t see a single face.