Golden Slaw

There’s a few coleslaw recipes in this book, which I do find quite surprising. I assume they were added at the reprinting in the 60’s as I really can’t imagine coleslaw being popular in the late 40’s. We were having steak and chips for tea so decided this would go nicely with that..

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I tried to cut out the heart of the cabbage but gave up as my knives are rubbish. I opted to pull apart all the leaves and I kept back three smaller leaves to be the bowls and then shredded the rest..

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I think I started off with the right amount of Gruyere but I just love it so much that I did eat a good few peices in the slicing process..

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Then I added the apple..

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Then the mayo mixture..

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Finally I spooned into cabbage bowls..

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So as a coleslaw this is pretty good. I love that it has Gruyere in it!! It was great with tonight’s steak and chips..

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Would I make this again? Yes I would!!

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Dressed Cauliflower

I really don’t buy cauliflower very often and when I do it’s either to make cauliflower cheese or tempura! Then when I do make cauliflower cheese I forget how good it is! Can’t beat a good cauliflower cheese! I did make a gratin recipe that pretty much was cauliflower cheese and that was good. So tonight I decided to try this..

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First off I boiled a whole cauliflower for about ten minutes until tender..

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Then while that was cooling I made the dressing. I’ve posted the french dressing a few times but it’s basically salt, pepper, mustard, sugar, vinegar and oil. I sometime mix it up and use balsamic vinegar or another flavoured vinegar but tonight just kept it simple and used cider vinegar.

Then the recipe suggests bacon, well there was nothing to think about there! Adding crispy bacon can only be a good thing!

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That’s all there’s is to this, the dressing is poured over and gently mixed..

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Then the bacon is sprinkled over the top..

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We were just having this with some pan fried fish, and yet again was a very bland looking dinner! I was also expecting some objections from my daughter when this was put in front of her but she loved this and her plate was scraped clean!

I hadn’t made a lot of dressing, only about 1.5 tablespoons which was just enough, I should maybe have made a touch more. The crispy bacon bits are good and I also think more of them wouldn’t go wrong! Overall this was way better than expected.

Would I make this again? Yes I would!

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Stuffed Tomato Salad

A day in the house today so decided to make something a bit different for lunch..

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I made a baked stuffed tomato with egg recipe a while ago and it didn’t go particularly well then I made another stuffed tomato recipe made in the oven and that was great. I’ve also made the stuffed beetroot that was actually quite nice! I was just using regular sized salad tomatoes for this..
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I was just making this for myself so I used two tomatoes and hard boiled one egg and cooked about one tablespoon of peas, which I cooked in the same water that the egg was boiling in.

I halved the egg and chopped one half to mix with the peas and attempted to slice the other half to use as a garnish.

I opted to use a smoked garlic mayonnaise rather than salad cream..

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I did assume it was all to be cold so I had left the egg and peas to cool before mixing.

I gave it a good grind of salt and pepper then stuffed into the tomatoes..

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I didn’t have any salad leaves or cress so I just served with my attempt at an egg garnish!!

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So this was lunch. Have to say I didn’t love it!! The filling is actually quite nice but i just didn’t really like it combined with the tomato! I ended up eating all the filling and leaving the tomato!

Would I make this again? Doubtful!

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Raisin and Nut Salad

I know some people may think that salads are only really summery dishes, but I think this is more like a coleslaw type salad and I love walnuts so thought this would go nicely with some pan fried chicken..

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I do some times have a terrible habit of not looking out all the ingredients before starting, but for this there’s really not much to look out..

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I was using a golden delicious apple and I didn’t have watercress, instead I had a bag of mixed salad leaves.

So not really much to this recipe, once I grated the apple and mixed with the raisins and walnuts I was thinking I’d prefer to switch the walnut and raisin quantites!

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The recipe doesn’t specify a type of dressing or a quantity, I have a balsamic and black pepper dressing in the fridge so I just used a good glug of that

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Then it’s just plonked on the salad leaves..

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This is one of those recipes that I thinks not really going to be that interesting, but yet again am surprised how pleasant this is! We were just having on the side but I actually think this would be great alternative to coleslaw with a pork burger. I would maybe add more walnuts next time, but overall it was good and we ate the lot!

Would I make this again? Yes

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Smoky Bean Salad

I liked the sound of this recipe but yet again the image I created in my mind does not reflect the actual dish I ended up with!

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I think this has more potential than last nights salad. I love smoked haddock and butter beans and then the dressing sounds interesting! Not sold on the egg garnish though!

I was halving this for dinner for two tonight. I didn’t have much milk so I opted to poach the fish in water. I think if you are planning to make a sauce for the fish then using milk for the poaching liquor is more crucial.

The fish and beans mixed together did look quite nice I thought!

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The dressing was straightforward enough and when I tasted it to test the seasoning I was pleasantly surprised how nice it was! When I had mixed the dressing and fish mix I thought it looked really appealing and was looking forward to trying!

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So I served this on more boring lettuce and then with the egg on top, it seems to be a very common garnish theme in this book! I suppose it ups the protein content!

As usual my photos aren’t the best! I don’t think it looks terribly appealing like this..

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Well what a lovely surprise! I just loved this!! The fish is great as expected and the beans are nice but it’s the dressing that brings it all together and really is fab! Could’ve quite happily left off the lettuce and egg as they don’t really add anything! Even my 6yr old ate most of hers, she did pick out some if the beans as she prefers her butter beans warm!!

Would I make this again? Yes, ditch the lettuce and egg though!!

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Fruit, Nut and Cheese Salad

This reads like it could be an interesting salad, but when you see the ingredients lined up you realise it’s not!!

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I don’t remember the last time I bought peach halves!! I guess canned fruits were easier to get hold of back at the time of this book.

I was just having this myself and couldn’t decide whether to half or quarter it. I decided to half the peaches but quarter the cheese as 4oz of cream cheese seemed like too much for one!

So the cheese mixed with the walnuts and raisins looked ok, and the peaches are fine, it’s just when you put them all together that it looks totally random hence why I only have one photo!!!
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So this was ready in a matter of minutes and this was dinner! It’s a bit of a weird one to describe! Oddly the peach with the cheese, raisins and walnuts was actually quite nice, it’s just the lettuce that totally doesn’t go. I did eat the lot, and wasn’t until I finished that I decided the lettuce was out of place!!

Would I make this again? Doubtful!!

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Orange Salad

This is not a dish I would ever consider trying to make if it wasn’t for this recipe book but I think it just goes to show salads don’t just have to be lettuce and cucumber!

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If there is technique to segmenting an orange then I need to know! I made a bit of a mess and reckon I wasted a lot of the good bits!

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I have both tarragon and mint but opted for mint as I have that in abundance!

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I made the French dressing from a recipe in the book a while back, but this time I used balsamic vinegar, so hence the dark colour of the dressing..

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I left this now for about 15 minutes, then I served on a bed of salad leaves..

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This was lunch today and I wasn’t expecting much but it actually was really enjoyable! The orange is lovely and juicy and the combination of the mint and the sharp dressing is surprisingly good!

Would I make this again? Yes I would, really refreshing and a fab combination of strong flavours

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