Thursday, July 22, 2010

Awesome Potato Cauliflower Salad

I've been trying to use up the food I have on hand in the refrigerator. I had 1/2 head of cauliflower and some celery. I also needed to use the new potatoes and red onions. So, after googling a bit, I found a recipe for cauliflower salad on Spark People and thought I'd just add that to the potatoes and improvise from there. Look at how yummy it turned out!! It tastes so good, I immediately made it my lunch; a cup full on a bed of romaine!

Check out the red onion, bits of bacon, chopped celery. YUM! And I'm not really a huge potato salad fan.
You can see the mustard seeds also...

I diced a red onion...used my handy dandy dicer thing that you see on TV. Added 1/2 c. diced red onion.

I chopped up about 3-4 stalks of celery, finely chopped.

I boiled 8 medium size new potatoes, diced bite sized. I steamed the bite sized cauliflower pieces in a steaming tray above the potatoes....they cooked up first, then I just took them off and rinsed them with cold water.

I added 4-5 pieces of cooked bacon, diced. You could use bacon bits, about 1/2 c. I used 3/4 c. mayo, 1-2 TBSP of country style brown mustard and 1 heaping TBSP of pickle relish.
This recipe is so easy to make. You can add more cauliflower, and less potatoes if you want. Give it a try, and tell me how you like it! Click on the pictures, and you can see all of this deliciousness up close and personal!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pug loves tomatoes, too!

Here is my little patch of garden happiness! The two lemon cucumber plants are going crazy. I put my vintage garden gate behind the planter and the plants have almost completely covered it! Off to the right I have pots of heirloom tomatoes, green onions and herbs.

This morning, I decided that it was time to pick the tomato that was nearly perfectly ripe. I have been checking the cucumber plant daily, only to find 1" cukes. Well, hello! Today look what I found. That little lemon cuke took me by surprise! EXCITING!

Everything was WONDERFUL! I had taken the dogs for an early morning walk up the canyon, I picked a tomato, leaving another behind so I could pick it tomorrow. I found and picked a lemon cucumber. LIFE IS GOOD! Enter, our fun dog, PUG ......

Can you see that he is looking guilty???!!! FYI, they already had their first meal of the day. Pug is on weight control dog food to keep his boyish figure. Well, below, note the tomato that I left on the vine. Waiting for another day of 104* weather to get it to full ripeness. Yep, I was going to pick it tomorrow. Just ONE.MORE.DAY! I went in to put my cuke and tomato on the counter in the house. As I went back outside, who do I see chomping on a tomato??? Yea, you know the answer...hmmmmppp!

Here is a picture of Luigi, smelling the borage and nasturtiums. He isn't food motivated like PUG, just an Italian Greyhound, enjoying a good smell!

At least I have a cucumber and more on the way...

And I have a tomato, and some more green ones *going to find something to keep Pug out of them today*.
If any of your produce is missing from you garden, better keep an eye on your dog!

Awwww, he's just a little guy after all. Guess I'll forgive him, after I put up some chicken wire!