Classic Mayonnaise

I’ve never actually tried to make mayonnaise before, always been happy enough with the stuff from a jar but am making an effort and having a go!

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So have to admit that my first attempt at this was a complete disaster! It totally curdled and I followed the instructions to try save it totally didn’t work! So I had to start all over again!

First it’s one egg yolk with the mustard, salt, pepper and sugar..

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Then it’s a lot of whisking and slow adding of the oil. I did have to add a few drops of vinegar every now and then when it did get too thick..

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It started out quite a dark colour but after adding the vinegar it does start to lighten. I had measured out the full quarter of a pint of oil but I didn’t quite use the lot. It was hard to know when it was ready and if I should add all the oil or more oil, but I decided to stop when I felt I had the right consistency, then I added the last of the vinegar and it did lighten a bit more..

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It’s not the bright white colour that you expect mayonnaise from a jar to look like, but I don’t think it looks too bad! Does have a nice shine to it!

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We were having grilled tuna steak and asparagus for tea and this went all quite nicely with that!!

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It is a nice thick mayonnaise and it does have quite a strong flavour from the mustard and vinegar which I enjoyed, it is maybe on the side of too salty but I quite like that!

Would I make this again? Yes, much prefer this to the bottled stuff and was worth the effort!

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Tahitian Salad

I thought this was another random sounding made up recipe but I did find some other references to similar ones on Google, some with pineapple and other were Tahitian fish salads which sound interesting. I made this for the three of us to have but for some reason I ended up eating all of it..

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So not much to this recipe, simply a case of arranging some salad leaves and pineapple rings on a plate..

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Then the cheese is divided between them and topped with chives..

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Then finally some coconut over the top and that’s it. I just used dessicated coconut but maybe ideally it should be some fresh stuff.
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Well I loved this! The cheese and pineapple combination is pretty good and then the chives and coconut topping may sound odd but I think it all works! I quite happily ate the lot!!

Am not too sure about the Caribbean salad though, surely bananas and cheese is just a bit too weird??

Would I make this again? Yes!

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Winter Salad

Salads aren’t usually associated with winter but have to be honest, this summer hasn’t exactly felt like salad weather! No idea what makes this a winter salad anyway!

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The only reason I picked this recipe to try today is because I had some cooked beetroot that needed eating!! So beetroot, apple, celery and onion chopped..

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That’s all mixed together with some good old salad cream! We did have that in the house often when I was young, my sisters favourite sandwich was cucumber and salad cream!

Anyway as expected the minute I added the salad cream and started mixing it turned a lovely bright pink!

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I opted to use the walnuts..

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So that’s it! A bright pink winter salad!

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We were having steak and sweet potato chips with this salad on this side and was a great dinner! The salad is good, a nice combination of sharp and sweet and the walnuts add a good extra crunch! Overall it’s the best salad I’ve had this summer..

Would I make this again? Yes..

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Carrot Salad

I was having one of those days when I am trying to empty the fridge of random things yet make an interesting dinner. Normally when the vegetable drawer is filled with the last stray bits I make a stir fry. So as well as the tomato salad I opted to try this as well..

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Like the tomato salad it’s not terribly taxing. First off I grated one large carrot..

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Then that’s plonked on top of the last of the lettuce I had in the fridge..

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I had made enough french dressing to use on this and the tomato salad, so that’s poured over and then garnished with a little parsley..

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Well this was good. It’s nothing fancy but as a carrot based side dish it’s pretty good and we ate the lot!

Would I make this again? Yes I would!

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Tomato Salad

I’m not a massive fan of plain old tomatoes but I do use them a lot in cooking, so tonight I thought I’d try this with dinner..

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This is actually very like the tomato and onion salad funnily enough! Not much involved except a bit of tomato slicing..

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Then a bit of spring onion thrown on the top..

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Then I made a french dressing which I now don’t need a recipe for. This time I used a Rioja vinegar which gave it an interesting flavour. Anyway that’s poured over and then left to stand for a bit

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Finally it’s topped with some chives, which have started growing again in my garden..

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So that’s it! We were having this with the carrot salad, baked mushrooms and some pan fried turkey for dinner and it was good! I sometimes find raw spring onion too strong but the dressing has helped dampen it down a bit and altogether this is great.

Would I make this again? Yup..

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Patio Salad

This isn’t a salad I’ve heard of and did wonder if it’s a real recipe! I found a few references to other patio salad recipes and just about every one had a differnt list of ingredients! Anyway I was looking for something quick for dinner and thought this sounded nice..

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As far as I’m aware tuna only comes in one size can! I definitely didn’t think 3 olives was enough, we love olives in this house so I more than doubled that..

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I diced the potatoes first and then put into boil, then I added the beans for the last few minutes. I didn’t need to cut the beans as they were pretty much already in 4 inch pieces..

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Once the potatoes and beans were cooked I put them into a dish..

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I only had cherry tomatoes, which I actually think are better for this! So I used about a cup of them and halved before mixing with the potatoes and beans..

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Then I put on the tuna and olive mix..

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Then I poured over the dressing..

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Then I garnished slightly randomly with the chicory..

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My daughters face was a picture when she saw this was for tea, but after tasting it she loved it and was another plate scraped clean dinner!! I loved it as well, I had served it with the potatoes and beans still warm which was nice. The flavours altogether are just great and I could’ve quite happily eaten the lot!

Would I make this again? Yes..

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Cucumber Salad

Not a very exciting sounding recipe this one but I had half a cucumber in the fridge that needed using and we were having fishcakes for tea so thought this would go well with that..

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So not too much involved in this, it’s just chopping a cucumber and then making the dressing!

I opted to leave the skin on the cucumber, and the dressing is simply salt, pepper, mustard, sugar, vinegar and oil. It’s the same french dressing recipe I’ve shared a few times, dead easy and ready in minutes..

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Then after 15 minutes it’s sprinkled with a decent amount of parsley…

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So that’s it! Served on the side with some fishcakes and broccoli…

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Well this is rather lovely! I think you can’t go wrong with a french dressing and I do like it quite sharp so I didn’t add the full 2 tbsps of oil. Does make a simple cucumber much more interetsing!!

Would I make this again? Yes, super easy and delicious..

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