Chicken Waldorf salad

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Maus went shopping the other day and on the shopping list was half a celery.  We were going to make a chicken dish that required one stalk.  I had already thought I could make a pot of pea and ham soup to use up some of the celery I knew would be left over.

Instead of half a celery, Maus came home with one very large celery.  It appears that the half celery was nearly as expensive as the full one and Maus can never forego a bargain.  I did explain to her that it is only a bargain if you need it but I have made that point, off and on, for over 35 years now, to no avail. Continue reading

Salt and pepper squid

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Squid and I have a funny relationship.  I really like squid but don’t (before now) make it at home.  This is because the couple of times I have tried to cook it, I have ended up with rubber.  And I don’t get much encouragement from Maus.  Maus is not a fan of squid or seafood, generally, for that matter.

Because of the above, and the fact that seafood is good for me,  whenever I see squid on a restaurant menu,  I order it.  I am sure all my friends and rellies think I love squid. Continue reading

Roasted sweet potato with pecans and maple syrup

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Both Maus and I have the dreaded lurgy.  I am only a wee bit poorly but Maus has it bad.

When Maus is sick, she doesn’t feel hungry and, therefore, doesn’t eat.  I eat whether I am sick or not.  That is one reason why Maus is skinny and I am not 😦  Because of the above, I haven’t cooked much this week.  In fact, this is the only dish I have made.  Cooking for one is no fun. Continue reading

Bang Bang Chicken

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It is already hot here.  It reached 30°C today, so we are prematurely thinking of salads.

We were experiencing our usual dilemma of what to have for dinner last night so I decided to go through a little pile of recipes Maus has accumulated.  I settled on this recipe by Margaret Johnson.  Margaret regularly publishes recipes in The West Australian.  This one appeared on 25 March 2014. Continue reading

Broccoli Salad

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Maus and I have decided we don’t like frozen broccoli which is a bit of a problem because there are several bags of it in the freezer – Oh well, more dog food. 🙂

As a consequence, when I picked two huge broccoli heads last week, I was determined to find a use for it.  We made penne with broccoli and chorizo which lasted us two nights and then I found this salad.  It is from a great little ABC publication I use more than I thought I would, Homecooked Favourite Recipes from Australian Kitchens.   It was out and about because I was making one of my favourite biscuit recipes, gingernuts, from it.  I started flicking through its pages (as you do) and came across this recipe. Continue reading

Tuna and warm potato salad

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It is summer-glut time and this year it is beans, beans and more beans.  I didn’t have many last year but, this year, it is beans galore and they all seem to have come at once.  Off to Eat Your Books I went and typed “beans”!  I wanted either a pasta dish or a salad.  I found quite a few recipes worth trying, including this one.  It was a real jackpot.  It is dead easy to make, a meal in itself and very tasty.  We have already had it twice this summer.

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