Sunday, September 22, 2013

Chicken ‘Kindorf’ Salad – Waldorf, kind of !

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Have you ever heard of William Arthur Ward before today? Me neither. However, you will probably know some of his words. He’s a guy frequently quoted by bumper stickers and fridge magnets and you’ll have seen this quote at some point in your life:
Every person has the power to make others happy. Some do it simply by entering a room, others by leaving the room.” So true.
For me, it totally applies to the grapes in Waldorf Salad. I know they are a classic ingredient of this classic salad but they have the power to make me happy by leaving the salad well alone.
Don’t worry. Several other non-classic ingredients that have the power to make me happy have entered the salad, and more than made up for the absence of grapes.
For Chicken Salad for 2 – 3 happy people you will need...
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
¼ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
a pinch of salt 

1 large cooked chicken breast, sliced into bite-sized pieces
1 red-skinned dessert apple (I used Fuji), skin on, diced
1 stick of celery, peeled of stringy bits, finely sliced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
15g almonds, roughly chopped
25g walnuts, roughly chopped
25g sultanas
35g ready-to-eat-apricots, snipped into sultana-sized pieces

Simply mix the ingredients for the dressing together until combined. Then add the salad ingredients, stirring them through the dressing until coated with the creamy sauce. Instant happiness!
(This also makes a great sandwich filling.)  

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Basmati Salad – from leftover, to lively !

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I haven’t done a War On Waste recipe for ages – perhaps it’s because I’m getting much better at not wasting food. However, I miscalculated last night’s dinner and ended up with an extra portion of basmati rice left over.

It stared accusingly from the fridge so I introduced it to a few other ingredients. In the right company, and given an overnight in the fridge to think about things, it has become a lot livelier than it was before.
For quick and lively side-salad for 2 – 3 people you will need...

1 portion of cooked basmati rice, cold
1 large ripe tomato, diced
1 Braeburn apple, (or other crisp sweet-tart apple) skin on, diced
1 spring onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped pickled jalapeno peppers (optional)
25g walnuts, finely chopped
25g sultanas
1 teaspoon very finely shredded fresh mint 

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 heaped teaspoon wholegrain mustard
¼ teaspoon fine table salt
a little freshly ground black pepper 

In a mixing bowl combine the salad ingredients.

Place the dressing ingredients in a screw top (or tightly-lidded) jar and shake well to combine. Pour over the salad and toss lightly to coat all the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for about half an hour to allow the rice to soak up the flavours.

This will keep some grilled skate company on my plate this evening.
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