Winter Salads

Winter and salads aren’t usual companions. Wind howling outside and rain coming at the window in horizontal sheets, the Thames over-topping its banks and flooding houses, the Levels have been flooded since Christmas. It’s a miserable winter, and a salad isn’t the first thing that comes to mind as ‘comfort food’. But take a look…

Dansk Varm Kartoffelsalat (Warm Potato Salad)

I recently made The Baker’s Wife’s Potatoes, a recipe dressed in Roger Stowell’s beautiful photos at  Food, Photography and France . The potatoes are as splendid as his photography. I served them up with lamb chops brushed with thyme and garlic olive oil. But those potatoes reminded us of Denmark. Well sort of, because the…

Waldorf Salad and a Pork Chop

A quick dinner last night – used up 4 or 5 of the smaller apples stored in the garage. Some are going a bit starchy, which is a huge disappointment. I’ll use more for a cranberry and apple gelatin salad this week, and maybe chunky applesauce with smoked bacon for lunch, too. I love Waldorf…

Cucumber and Grapes Salad

This is a refreshing little salad. There’s something about the colour green that’s refreshing to the eye, and it’s a nice change from the usual green salad leaves. I scooped out the seeds of the cucumber because they were quite large, but I don’t think I’ll be so fussy about that next time as the…

Today’s Lunch: Tuna with Lots of Roughage

Lunch’s today was healthy. I needed something like this because the weather has turned sluggish, and my body is following suit. If this was a game of cards, I’d call it ‘flushed’. The salad dressing is a tablespoon of mayonnaise thinned with the juice of half a lemon and some grated smoked garlic that I…

Today’s Lunch–A Bit of Salad

It’s the beginning of May, which means that it’s salad season again. Hurrah! I love salads. I love creating colour from bits of mixed and matched stuff hiding in the fridge, and since the house is crawling with workmen again, a salad was the easiest solution. This salad was lunch today, and it had a…

How-To Revive Limp Lettuce

When your lettuce goes all limp in the fridge’s crisper drawer, because let’s face it – there’s nothing about a clear plastic boxie drawer that’s going to crisp anything destined to go limp in a few days …. don’t toss the lettuce out. Revive it. Treat it just like cut flowers. Trim off the bottom…

Tomato and Bread Salad

Tomato and Bread Salad This is a beautiful salad with flavour to match. It’s summer in a bowl. Allow the dressing to dance with the tomatoes and peppers for about an hour; the flavour will thank you. Don’t add the croutons until the last minute because they will slurp up all the dressing and go…