I love good Children's TV, and good presenters, so even when I was a 'grown up" I would still rush home from school staff meeting to see Monday Munchies when James Valentine presented The Afternoon Show. At first he was a Model and then a children's presenter and now he is a Radio Announcer, Author and Speaker, but for me, he will always be Monday Munchies: with all the wonderful and awful food he cooked and ate!!
I'm not one for resolutions, but I would like to be a more consistently post recipes so I am instigating Monday Munchies (which I can't tm!!) in honour of James Valentine's segment. So today I will be posting the recipe for my Layered Salad: Ta da!!
I have been slowly but surely gaining back hours from the DVR. I have over 100 hours available now, a number I haven't seen for a long time. Of course there is nothing to watch on TV, excluding the news, in seven days there are only 10 hours of TV to watch. Almost an ominous figure, but that's with ads. I will have to open the first set of Northern Exposure and start watching this week.
The weather has settled down to a manageable 25*C and so though we melt if we are outside, it is cooler all round. Great washing weather because my clothes dry lickety-split!! But this morning the air was very hazy and the smoke from the fires about half an hour up the road has been blowing in and out all day. The Sun shines orange and red through the smoke.
There is no craft to show, there has been a needlesworth of embroidery and a few windings of wool but nothing proper to show. I seem to be just lying on the couch or in bed being cooled by the two Mr Coolies.
Harki still loves going for a walk, even though she is hoppy- she holds her little sore leg up when she is standing still. She potters along, smells lots of smells and checks out my pockets for a treat.
Peri has been rolling in smelly things, I have been plucking the really sticky grass seeds out of her and a few ticks. The ticks are the not fatal kind, but I check her every time, they seem to like her best.
Lorelai Gilmore has been going on a longer walk to try to wear her out, which may be why I am more worn out and need extra naps!! It is a new experience to be barked at by dogs behind fences and walk beside the busy roads, but she is coping well. I let her have a little run free near the river when I can see we are alone. All The Labradors are exceptionally good models!!!
Tomorrow I am having my hair cut and then I am going to MrsDrWho's house to have tea with the Lovely Housesitter. Oh and MrsDrWho, I bought you 100 64 page exercise books @ 1 cent each. I am sure you can use them, maybe for LSCCWC??? Such a bargain.
Layered Garden Salad (remembered from the AWW BBQ Cook book I think)
I used a deepish straight sided round bowl, like a trifle dish, that measured 25cm diameter and 12 cm high. I think the salad would served 8 people, but the quantities are easily halved or doubled. It is best made the day before and left for the flavours to meld in the fridge. Oh and I had no parsley so I should have used the green spring onion parts instead.
- Shred the lettuce finely and put in the bottom of the salad bowl.
- Next make a layer of peas.
- Slice the eggs and mushrooms and layer them on top of the peas.
- Top with grated cheese.
- Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice and shallots. Pour over the salad.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight or for as many hours as you can.
- Top with tomato slices, crispy crumbled fried bacon and chopped parsley.