Category: Retro Cookbooks

Walnut and Avocado Salad, Seeing Double & Mysteries Solved

When is a salad not a salad?  When it comes from The A-Z of Cooking.  There is no way in the world that I would call this a salad.  It’s much more of a dip.  But The A-Z calls it a salad so, Walnut and Avocado Salad it is.  Even if we all secretly know it’s a dip.  

Walnut and Avocado SaladThis was kind of….meh.  And you know what?  I strongly recommend that you make guac instead.  Because a good guac is awesome!  But first, there is an elephant in the room and it needs to be addressed.  You may be thinking that because we have labelled something a salad when it is quite clearly a dip that we have reached S.  Not so fast there Speedy.  We’re actually still at R.  How so?  Refreshing Salads.  Yeah,  I know I should  have ceased to be surprised at the randomness of The A-Z by now.  But it’s ONE letter..it’s at the back of the Chapter, right next to the start of the S’s. Couldn’t they have?  Shouldn’t they have? Why didn’t they?

Walnut and Avocado Salad2But wait, there’s  more.   When I turned the page over to “Refreshing Salads” my eye was caught by the words Greek Salata.  Now, I LOVE a Greek Salad.  Feta, olives, tomatoes….bring it on!  My mouth was already watering as I contemplated making eating one. In my mind, a Greek Salad should look exactly like this one from the Food Network:

So imagine my horror when my eyes were what can only be described as assaulted by this disgrace:

Oh. My. Lord.  Have you ever seen anything quite so hideous in your life?  Sadly, I have.  Because even as I was recoiling in horror, I realised I had seen something quite so hideous before.  In fact I had seen something exactly as fugly before because I had not only seen but posted on that very picture.  Right here.

WTF?  To paraphrase Lady Bracknell, to use this picture in one book may be regarded as misfortune; to use it in two looks like a blatant disregard for the eyes of one’s readers.  But then I was intrigued.  So, I went back to The Hot Weather Cookbook and flicked through it and there were six other photos IDENTICAL to those in The A-Z of Cooking!  They share a publisher, Octopus Books but neither book acknowledges that content previously appeared in the other. 

Now, it also just so happens that one of the photos that was replicated in both books was the mysterious Mango Mousse which I spoke about here.

Mango MousseNow I know that the mystery of what that is a picture of, seeing as it is quite clearly NOT a mango mousse has been keeping all of us awake since I first posted it back in March of 2015 (and yikes, has it really taken me over two years to cook through this book?).  And who knew that I had the key to the mystery within my grasp the entire time?  Because, if you look at page 113 of the Hot Weather Cookbook where the same recipe for Mango Mousse appears, there is a reference at the bottom of the page to the pictures contained overleaf  – Orange Soufflé (page 114).  Which is our mango mousse picture.

And, if we flick back to the recipe of Orange Soufflé?  Oranges, passionfruit, cream eggs….I’m totally ignoring the random bananas but  I think we have a contender!

Orange SouffleMystery solved.  I feel like a culinary Mulder and Scully.  I have been tossing up as to whether I should take up one of those Hunt A Killer subscriptions I keep hearing about on all my podcasts.  After this bit of sleuthing I am a step closer to putting my detective skills to the test.  It’s damn expensive to get it shipped to Australia though!  Is anyone else doing it? If you are, please let me know!

BTW, just to take us back to the Avocado and Walnut Salad?  The bread shown with it is the Cheddar and Apple Foccacia from The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook by Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez.  And it was delicious!  This is a wonderful book too!

Have a wonderful week!  Next up, I’m taking a bit of a break from The A-Z and making some lovely old-fashioned biscuits, perfect for afternoon tea!  Why not pour yourself an Earl Grey and join me?

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The Potato Salad Roll That Rocks!!!

 I think this recipe is awesome!

Sadly, I am currently alone in this. 

But I have a dream.  And that dream is to bring the potato salad roll to the world. 

Hmm,so  I guess I can cross that one off the list and bask in the smugness of a goal for 2015 achieved. And it’s only January 2nd!!!! 

But before we get to the Potato Salad Roll…

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I’m sure better bloggers than me really think about the  messages they want to send when they post their first post of the year…you know, those super organised people who have a theme and a word for the year?  And the first post reflects that dream and vision? 

I wish I was one of those people.  I really do.  Because I pretty much know everything I’m going to write about this  month and believe me…if we were going to run a theme around January, it would have to be supercalifragilisticexpialidociouslly insane. 

Although…maybe getting the crazy out at the start of the year is a good thing.  Maybe by the end of the year I’ll be ever so high-brow and Julie and Julia-ing the Larousse Gastronomique…

Yeah, I doubt that too.  But you never know…I do own a copy….

 Bookshelf2And the highly observant of you will notice that it is also still in it’s plastic wrap….

So…the potato salad roll.  Hands up how many of you thought this would be potato salad in a bread roll? 

Yep, that would be about all of you. Because that would make sense.  But remember when I said this month was going to be all about the crazy stupid?  I don’t even know where to start with this but they say a picture paints a thousand words so, world, here is the potato salad roll…

Potato Salad Roll
Potato Salad Roll

 Yeh, it’s kind of a Swiss Roll of Potato Salad.  Except without the jam.  Not even I’m that weird. 

Potato Salad Roll
Potato Salad Roll

 Basically, it just a potato salad rolled into a log with the dressing on the outside.

Which in no way explains the absolute spontaneous hatred my family felt for it when I brought it for Christmas.  The comments ranged from “What the fuck is that? ” to “Who laid the big white poo in the middle of the table?”

I tried to explain that it was potato salad. Comments ranged from

“Not in my world”

To:

“No. It’s not.  Potato salad looks and is, delicious.  That looks like a big white poo”.

And then there was:

“Why can’t you make normal potato salad? Are you on drugs?  I saw a documentary on people taking ice…do you have a problem with methamphetamines?”

I saw the exact same documentary. 

There was a  man injecting himself in his penis because “it was the only good vein he had left”.  ‘

I made a slightly off beat potato salad.

I’m struggling to find the connection. 

I was the only person who ate the potato salad roll on Christmas day which was a real shame because despite it’s rather unconventional appearance it was a damn good and tasty potato salad. 

Potato Salad Roll 3
Potato Salad Roll 3

On Boxing Day, I made a roll within a roll by wrapping part of the original roll in prosciutto and the same people who has scoffed at the original roll could not wolf it down fast enough. 

Go figure….

Potato Salad Proscuitto Rolls
Potato Salad Prosciutto Rolls

 It was kind of nice to end the year with a badly written retro recipe.  It’s been a long time between drinks for one of them. 

Potato Salad Roll Recipe
Potato Salad Roll Recipe

 

First line.  Prepare the gherkins, parsley, pimento, eggs and onion…

Onion? What onion?  Would that be one of those special invisible onions that don’t appear in the ingredient list?  And what I am I supposed to do with my half a cup of diced celery?  Use it to pelt my ungrateful family to death?

Despite the shortcomings of the recipe, I am utterly obsessed with the idea of the potato salad roll.  I already have two more versions in my head which I will make and post some time in the future.   Maybe I will make 2015 the year of the Potato Salad Roll….huh…maybe I am, albeit unwittingly,  one of those people who have a theme.  And a vision. 

I mean, yeah, I totally am.  This was all planned.  Months in advance….

I will be spending my week preparing my potato salad roll vision board. 

Have a fabulous one whatever you do!!! 

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Potato Salad Roll
A quirky potato salad...love or hate the presentation, you will definitely love the taste.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups hot cooked diced potatoes. This needs to be a fairly small dice, about the size of your little fingernail.
  2. 1/2 cup diced celery
  3. 3 tbsp chopped gherkins
  4. 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  5. 1 red onion, finely chopped
  6. 2 tbsp chopped stuffed olives, plus more for decoration
  7. 2 chopped hard boiled eggs
  8. 3 tbsp olive oil
  9. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  10. Mayonnaise
  11. Salt and Pepper
  12. Chives to garnish
Instructions
  1. Place the chopped gherkins, parsley, olives, eggs, celery, and onion in a bowl.
  2. Add the hot potato, oil and vinegar.
  3. Toss together and season to taste.
  4. Once cool, add a little mayonnise to bind. You want this mixture to be really quite dry.
  5. Turn out onto aluminium foil and shape into a roll.
  6. Chill at least 24 hours.
  7. Unroll onto a platter.
  8. Coat with more mayonnaise and decorate with chopped olives.and chives.
Notes
  1. To make the prosciutto potato salad rolls, cut a slice off the end of the potato salad roll, wrap in a slice of prosciutto that you have cut in half lengthwise. And roll it up.
  2. To make this vegan omit eggs and use Vegan friendly mayo! And obv...no prosciutto for you!
  3. This is also gluten and lactose free for my coeliac friends!
  4. To get the small dice you need for this, I found it best to slice the potatoes into rounds about the thickness you want and boil / steam these. Then cut them into the dice once cooked.
Adapted from Salads For All Seasons - Rosemary Mayne-Wilson
Adapted from Salads For All Seasons - Rosemary Mayne-Wilson
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/
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