15g walnuts

1 tablespoon fresh white breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese 40g butter

25g plain flour 150ml milk

125g Roquefort cheese, crumbled

2 eggs, separated, plus 2 additional egg whites

Butter for greasing

Forthe walnut and parsley pesto 50g walnut pieces, dry-fried

4 spring onions, chopped

1 clove garlic, crushed

2 heaped tablespoons finely

Chopped parsley 200ml olive oil

RIGHT The marinade for the cutlets. ABOVE and BELOW Lettuce, peas and spring onions stew gently to make Petits Pois a la Francaise. BOTTOM Hot garlic is prepared for mashed potato. BELOW RIGHT The finished main course is served onVieux Paris Vertdinner plates by Haviland.


This was pretty convenient for everyone involved, including us two moms. Although we came from different backgrounds, she was Amish and almost 20 years younger than me, our shared experience helped us connect as mothers. After visits from our medical team, we’d compare notes, talk about what freaked us out, and ask each other questions. This helped both of us dissect information and deal with stressful news, as we knew we were not alone. I also became her go-between, asking her uncomfortable questions to our medical team and relaying the answers back to her. Since most of the doctors were male, she didn’t feel comfortable asking questions about a potential hysterectomy or sex after a c-section. I had no problem getting personal. She began to open up and trust me through these conversations, and, in turn, began joining the other moms in the common room for our daytime conversations, whereas previously she had spent most of her days in her room. She became part of our long-term-stay group of friends, friendships that were formed over our shared bed-rest experience. Over time, I found many mothers with similar conditions opening up and sharing notes in the common room.


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