Monday, May 20, 2013


We have been very busy lately. House projects seem to multiply, the number of good books we want to read is growing faster than we can turn the pages, and my new obsession with needlepoint makes the evenings fly by.  I've been keeping up with reading blogs, but I find it hard to write interesting new posts myself.

On the other hand, tonight we had a very nice "hot weather" salad for dinner. 

Food is always a good subject for a post!

Picture from the Tasty KitchenBlog

We had a lovely smoked whitefish as the main course, and I had planned to make a coleslaw, but then remembered I had a cauliflower in the crisper.  I did a Google search and came up with this raw cauliflower salad from the Tasty Kitchen.

As usual I didn't have everything the recipe called for, but with some substitutions I came up with my own version.

If you check out the recipe, this is what I changed. I didn't have fresh parsley, so I substituted fresh cilantro.  I didn't have any sun-dried tomatoes, so I tossed in a handful of golden raisins.  I also had some fresh corn on the cob, so I stripped the kernels from one and added them.  Raw sweet corn is really good.  Finally, I didn't have a fresh lemon, so I used bottled lemon juice and some dried lemon zest. Much like this ...

Dilbert - 1980's

I love the expression: "Cooking is an art, baking is a science." I rarely mess with a baking recipe. But I did today. I made a yummy loaf of rye bread in the bread machine, and added extra caraway seeds for more flavor.


  1. Why is it no one ever talks about smoked fish?

    I love smoked fish -- whitefish, chubbs, salmon, anykind!

    By the way..... recipes are over rated -- whatever works is what it's all about. :D

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  2. Funny, I was just thinking tonight about making mashed cauliflower. But for summer time this sounds better, I saved a pdf of the recipe, Thanks.

  3. How creative is that....I have to follow recipes to the letter.

    I'm glad you are enjoying your needlepoint! And getting more projects done around the house.

  4. I'll be checking this recipe for sure. After a winter of roasted vegetables I'm all for raw salads!

  5. I have a saying that came to me after a trip to Italy.
    A recipe is like a stop sign in Italy. It's only a suggestion.

  6. To me a recipe is a suggestion. I rarely follow one to the letter. Your solutions sounded very creative. Making something tasty is the desired end result and it sounds like that is exactly what you achieved! Good for you.

  7. I think you ought to start a blog called "The Creative Cook" .... :-)


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