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“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Friday, February 01, 2008

iknowiwhingeonandonabouthavinglostmyKitchenMuse& nowwe'reindangerofturningkate5kiwisintoaRecipeBlog! butpeepswannaeat&someone'sgottacookit...

i'm a great "starter".
i love the new and exciting, the pioneer-ness of digging a garden and planting little veggie plants and watering them religiously for two weeks and then forgetting about them watching them grow and become suffocated by weeds bear fruit.

my dahling friend Julie popped in today and gently pointed out what is weeds and what is poh-tay-toes and pulled out said weeds and found me a bunch of cherry 'omatoes and another wee yellow zucchini.

and i remembered what i love about having mine own garden:
the convenience of turning these fresh organic veggies
into this divine Chicken Salad:
which even the I-Don't-Like-Cherry-'omatoes-Brigade absolutely adore.
(i think the glass of Riesling is contributing to the blurry photo)
I often cook with wine.
Sometimes I even put it in the dinner.

so we have Katie's Thirty Second Chicken Salad:
a huge bowl of mesclun leaves, avo(ba)cados, red capsicums, a cooled roasted chook shredded by Bulldog (he's so luffly, he even made chicken stock from the carcass. i sometimes wonder why he's not the housewife), and the cherry 'omatoes... dressed with juice of a lemon (from our tree) and a wee swoosh of bright green (extra virgin cold pressed, made in NZ, expensive but really worth it) avocado oil .

the parsley goes on the poh-tay-toes (boiled with skins on and gently shaken with a little bit of butter), also fresh from the garden, we have the red-skinned variety (which almost got thwarted before they started cos my *blonde* self read the planting instructions wrong: for some silly reason i thought that 300mm meant 3 centimetres. nope, it's thirty. so over the course of two weeks i emptied three 4o litre bags of compost on top so they could grow *up* instead of *along*... and i have been thinking that we're gonna get a MOUNTAIN poh-tay-toh crop. but no, all looks normal, especially now the weeds've gone and we can see the plants).


Blogger Floss said...

That salad sounds sooo good! We don't have a garden yet, the soil is rubbish where we live, even weeds don't grow. Doesn't stop me reading vegie books and dreaming...

7:45 PM  
Blogger Minnesota Matron said...

We're talking food and politics over at Minnesota Matron and Laura linked your recipe. Looks super good and easy -- living in the frigid north, our growing season is a hiccup, but when it's here, we eat right from our yard, too.

4:08 AM  
Anonymous BeachMama said...

Yummy. I'll have to give it a go (with store bought veggies for now as my garden is covered in snow and counting...).

6:25 AM  
OpenID hippyhappyhay said...

Hmmm, international fame huh?

Now, tell me, what is this S-A-L-A-D thing? Does it stand for Stink And Dumb And Lousy? Bwahahahaha.

Actually, I am sure it is very nice, minus de chicken ;) xxxx

Frick, can these word verification thingees get any longer!!!!

7:12 AM  
Blogger Mrs. G. said...

As I look out my window at the cold, dreary winter rain, your post has brightened my day. Like a little green seedling popping up from the dirt.

8:29 AM  

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