Summer, Celery, Salads, barbies

June 2, 2009

Summer is truly here and Sarah is missing this glorious weather and is gone to Spain.  So I am cooking  this week  but… who wants to cook in the heat. The best time to be out these hot mornings is seven or so (if you have big dogs to walk and a veg patch to tend). Yesterday I picked elderflowers; now soaking with lemons for the annual batch of cordial/champagne. The smell permeates the whole house along with the roses and sweet rocket.  Summer is truly here… If you have a few minutes make some cordial you wont regret the time !! Happy memories of eating elderflower fritters in German markets thickly dusted with icing sugar.

After the carnage inflicted on my cucumber plants by one little friendly looking slug (a whole row gone) I put on the stiff upper lip and remembered a happy weekend outside,  eating,  bbqing, visiting friends… I want to spend as much time outside and as little inside as possible.  So either I am eating salad at home or bringing to a friends…

Celery is just in from Wicklow so lets not turn up our noses at old fashioned pleasures and have some Waldorf salad.

Wicklow celery and apples

Wicklow celery and apples

Waldorf  salad as invented in the Waldorf Astoria in New York end of 1800’s

3 medium chopped apples (no need to peel)

5-6 celery sticks stringed and chopped


l00 g walnuts lightly toasted on the pan

half lemon squeezed (optional)

Mix together ..
Serve mezze style with devilled eggs and potato salad and maybe some green salad.

Devilled eggs

eggs (number to taste)

1/2 scallion per egg


anchovies (optional)

Hardboil some eggs and cut in half lengthways. Scoop out the yolk, mash with mayonnaise, pepper, salt and paprika. put back into egg halves.  Mix in chopped scallions. Optionally top with an anchovy. If you have any parsley a sprig or two is nice here for garnish.

Potato Salad

Boil and peel 5 potatoes.  Slice into chunks. mix with chopped spring onion mayonnaise and whole grain mustard, pepper and salt.

And last but not least have some green salad with a dressing made of olive oil, juice of lemon,mustard, pinch of salt,tsp honey and tsp whole grain mustard

And get back outside to eat with friends with a steak or if veggie some grilled courgettes and maybe peppers…

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