Wednesday, 4 February 2015

I'm craving ...........

a salad. A good old fashioned table salad of the variety my mother used to serve Sunday evening during the summer.

Each element in its own serving dish. There was a bowl of lettuce, the loose leaved variety not iceberg, being circa 1973 there were no bags of salad leaves for me to remember either. A bowl of radish, a bowl of cress, two bowls of cucumber one bowl was always pickled! A dish each of spring onions, tomatoes & celery.  A dish of sliced meat, roasted that morning always two types.  A plate of cheese always including Cheshire cheese & if we were really, really lucky a huge bowl containing baked potatoes. Pickles too! Always accompanied with salad cream. never ever mayonnaise.

My mother was a god awful cook, truly bad, I always looked forward to a salad as she always put on a good spread!

Anyhoo excuse my flashback but I am growing everything of the above this year so I'm rather excited!

We are quite big salad eaters in this household, normally, well always actually its chopped up & mixed in one big bowl & plonked on the table!

I will have one in the above manner at least once this year. Three times actually if I can keep the slugs away from my three celery plants I'm due to receive from my garden plan!  


Thanks for your continuing kind comments & support, it really is appreciated. As always enjoy your day xx

32 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious, I must get my growing plans sorted.

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  2. Hi Joanne, I would quite happily live on salad, when we sometimes go to Pizza Land and those sort of places we love the salads, so I make up various salad dishes and it lasts us for a couple of days.

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  4. I still do salad like that separately when I have the family all together, as some do not like all the elements We had great success growing lollo rosa a variety of lettuce last year which went down really well.

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  5. Sounds good much like my mum's, can we please have the warm weather to go with the salad. PS, I hate iceberg !!!

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  6. Yes, I was also brought up on very plain salads - never mixed. This is the reason why I have rebelled, and I now prefer to have VERY mixed salads, often all in the same bowl like yours.

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  7. I grew up with a daily salad, always eaten at the end of the meal, in true Swiss style. Somehow, I failed to bring this tradition to the UK with me. x

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  8. Ah yes, just the sort of salad that I remember from childhood too! I did love that pickled cucumber though! Must have that again sometime. At school we had mashed potato instead of baked, but baked are much better aren't they! I hope you have some lovely salads this year! xx

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  9. My dad used to do great salads, too, which always included homemade potato salad (made with salad cream, we didn't yet know mayonnaise existed) and an artful scattering of tinned peas.

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  10. We love salads too. Was there such a thing as salad leaves in 1973? My dad was one for pickling, (not him literally) he pickled onions and red cabbage by the bucket load. We also had a thinly sliced onions and cucumber pickled together. After we were married when we went to Martyn's parents for tea we always had the salad that you describe,

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  11. Your mother's salad sounds familiar!

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  12. You've given everyone a trip down memory lane! In the summer it was always homegrown salad for tea, tomatoes warm from the greenhouse, lettuce (proper ones, as you say, nice butterheads, not iceberg), cucumber, pickled beetroot, spring onions, peppers, all served with cheese or cold meat. Wonderful. Now we are all craving the salads of summer! CJ xx

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  13. Me too! I'm now craving a nice fresh light salad. We eat tonnes of it here. M grows sorrel which is my absolute favourite, and rocket which I also love. Not so keen on lettuce but CJ is so right about toms warm from the greenhouse xx

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  14. We're not big salad eaters but I had lots of salads last year, usually for lunch when the rest of the family are out as they wouldn't ever have a salad for a meal. I'd like to grow more salad stuff this year, we'll see how that goes.

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  15. I'm afraid we are a plonk it all in one bowl and plonk it on the table too. Although my lovely childhood friend makes a salad look like an art form and I'm never sure whether I should eat it or take a photograph, thankfully spring isn't too far away now yay.

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  16. We are plonkers, too, but I sure like the sound of the way your mom served Sunday salads. I can see that could become a nice summer tradition!

    Joanne, I am so sorry for all your headaches with the probate and the taxes. After my dad died, my mom said it was like eating an elephant... you just had to keep going one bite at a time. blessings and hugs ~ tanna

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  17. I love the sound of your childhood Sunday evening salads. They remind me of the sort my Grandma would do for Sunday lunch in the summer, with everything beautifully arranged in a very 70s way on a huge oval platter...so different to the throw-it-in-a-bowl kind of salads I eat now! I was thinking today how bored I am with soup and how much I want some salad. Lovely story and a really inspiring post. xx

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  18. Thanks for the memory trip, It's made me think of warmer weather, and dinners in the garden which in cold february is a nice thoughtxx

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  19. I'm not that fussed about salads and only ever eat them during the summer. Flighty xx

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  20. I love salad too especially pickled cucumber and onion slices like my mum used to make :) I crave a lovely tomato picked straight from the greenhouse and smelling just the way tomatoes should..mmmm....x

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  21. This is just how I remember my salads from childhood, with a couple of slices of ham on a Sunday teatime when Ma had cooked a roast at lunch time and this was her easy meal!

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  22. I love reading about old dining traditions. I enjoy salads a lot. One of my grandmothers never purchased a bottle of salad dressing in her whole life; she made her own every day from vinegar, oil and mint leaves. I didn't love eating it but I admire her commitment to tradition.

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  23. You just can't beat an 'old fashioned' salad.

    You can do so much with a salad at any time of year.

    All the best Jan

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  24. I can remember very similar salad teas at the weekends when I was growing up. We always had bowls of salad items, salad cream, bread and butter, and I liked to make pickled beetroot sandwiches!
    Cathy x

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  25. We call that kind of meal bits and pieces. Brilliant!

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  26. Salads were always a Sunday afternoon tea back in the day. Ours were mixed, everything went in including the salad cream. I still love freshly cooked beetroot today.

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  27. Salad is always 'refreshing' our hot day!

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  28. How lovely to grow everything yourself Joanne (it never fails to taste so much better...and you've brought back lots of very fond memories of my uncle's allotment!)...love your pic too x
    Susan x

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  29. So true, a simple salad can be so refreshing sometimes. I made a salad with fenugreek leaves , chillies and yogurt dressing last night. turned out great.
    have a great day!

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  30. I'm coming round for tea ;o)
    love Jooles x x x

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  31. Just as we had our salads too......gosh my mum must have had loads of washing up! :) xxx

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  32. Definitely a trip down memory lane there, Joanne! I'm going to try to grow salad on my balcony this year as the veg garden is too sluggy in the damp and too hot in the summer. I eat salad all year round as I love it but really need a much bigger plot!

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