Sunday, January 23, 2011

Stephanie Alexander Potato Salad















Well, the summer holidays are over but summer certainly isn't.  We've just had a month off and it was incredible.  We ate, BBQ'd, napped, socialized, swam and generally relaxed all day, every day.  I've never had that much time off and it was just what the doctor ordered.  I also planned the wedding in that time.  Pretty much everything is done!  I even have two wedding dresses because I went off the first one.  All that needs to be done now is shoes for the bridesmaids, shoes for me and a big diet! 

So this post isn't overly diet friendly but yummy none the less.  It's 33 degrees and Jared and I are lazing by the pool.  We've decided to have a BBQ for dinner and I've made potato salad from my Stephanie Alexander cookbook.  From preliminary taste tests, its a winner!  The vinegar gives it a lovely zing but the mustards and sour cream make it smooth and moreish. And then the crispy bacon - oh yum! There's a good chance this will become my go to potato salad recipe.  Very easy!

500g waxy potatoes

125g bacon, diced
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons seed mustard
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Pinch salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives


Peel and boil potatoes until tender, then chop into cubes.  Fry bacon until crisp, and retain bacon fat. Combine sour cream, mustards, vinegar and salt, then tip into bacon pan. Mix, and pour over potatoes. Mix in, scatter with chives and season with cracked black pepper.


E.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Cheeslaw!


















It's been quite a while since I posted on here and a lot has happend in that time!  Sadly Jared's dear Pop passed away on the 10th of December which has been very hard for everyone but we were lucky enough to share our engagement with him before he passed away.  Jared actually proposed to me in the hospital room the evening before Pop died, which was so special and shows the kind of man I'm marrying.

So wedding plans are well underway as we've decided to have a shotgun wedding as we want to start having kids straight away.  April 2nd 2011 is the big day so it's lucky we've both got a month off work to get most of the planning happening.  I have the church, the priest, the reception, the cars, the bridesmaids and groomsmen and the DJ all booked!  I've also chosen the invitations and its now just a matter of finalising the guest list - which is incredibly hard!

So with all of this we've also had Christmas and New Years obviously.  We had my family stay for three days over Christmas and we had a lovely lunch with Jared's whole family as well.  We also decided to have a small gathering for New Years Eve which turned into a huge night!  There was skinny dipping at 6am and some guests were still drinking at 8am!  I don't know how they do it!

Which leads me to today's blog - Cheeslaw!  Jared taught this to me when we first got together and went to a BBQ.  It is nothing short of incredible.  I honestly could live on it.  And every single time I make it for a BBQ, someone asks for the recipe.  My mum phoned yesterday in the middle of making it to get some directions and about 15 minutes ago Jared's mum text him asking what the ingredients were.  So I thought I should just post it on the blog - that way I can direct everyone who asks here to have a look.   It really is an amazing salad. 

6 carrots peeled
750g tasty cheese
spring onions
1 jar Heinz Salad Cream
Mayo (if needed)

Grate the cheese and carrot in a food processor and mix together.  Slice the spring onion and stir that through.  Mix in one jar of Heinz Salad Cream.  If it isnt creamy enough, add some extra mayo to get it to a nice creamy consistency.  Eat!

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