Archive for March, 2011

Chicken Salad Again

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Just because it’s the weekend, it doesn’t mean that I don’t think about packed lunches. You see, The Boy holds a steady weekend job that leaves me home alone most weekend mornings and I need to think of things to occupy my time so I don’t end up doing things like, well….this:

hat

Didn’t know I could knit, did ya?

Unlike the last chicken salad bento I posted, I was able to use mayo this time. The Boy has fewer dietary restrictions than I do, and I like to spice things up with a little something added to the mayo from time to time. Curry chicken salad has become more common now-a-days, but I’ve been known to add Singapore spice, creole spice, well pretty much anything you might find as a fancy-pants aioli or special mayo (think herbs, mustard, hot sauce, etc). Chicken goes so well with other things that it is hard to go wrong with this one. If you are worried, well…that’s what the internet is for. It can do the thinking for you.

The other weekend, I sent The Boy off to work with this:

chicken salad 2011

Contents:

chicken salad (with lots of freshly ground pepper)
salad with cucumber
mini babybel cheese
dried apricots
yaki onigiri (grilled rice ball, but more on that later)

Walnut Tea Loaf

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

From time to time I am taking over by a baking madness. I will dig through all my cookbooks, search the web like a maniac, and totally trash the kitchen just because I want my kitchen to be all warm and toasty and smell like butter and flour.

When this madness comes over me, I will often just make something easy like a beer bread because I already have most of those ingredients in my house. But what happens on a Sunday after a rather festive Saturday and poor me has come to the horrifying realization that there is NO BEER IN THE HOUSE?! A very rare occasion in my household, but it has been known to happen. I blame The Boy.

Thankfully, I was able to find this recipe for Walnut Tea Loaf.

Walnut Bread

The recipe itself is in metrics, but it is easy enough to follow if you have a scale and a good liquid measuring cup. I did replace the golden syrup with agave nectar because I couldn’t find anything else in my kitchen and used natural brown demerara sugar to make the top look pretty and sparkly. The bread itself was on the dense side, a bit chewy (in a good way), and really satisfying.

Yummy on its own, I like my Walnut Loaf toasted and then drenched in butter and honey or marmalade. Nom!

It’s All My Fault Really…

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

And today we learn an important lesson about why I need to post more often, or at least learn to take some sort of notes about what is actually in my bentos after I snap a pic and plan to have it on my blog.

For example:

Curry Chicken Salad

“Gosh Smalerie,” you might be thinking to yourself right now. “That sure looks tasty. But if you don’t mind my asking, what exactly is in that every-so-attractive bento?”

First of all, I can smell your sarcasm from a mile away…smarty pants… And second of all, I have no freaking clue!

All I can remember is that this was the result of my desire to make a chicken salad that had mustard in it and did not contain mayonnaise. I packed all the elements separately so that I wouldn’t find myself with a squishy mess come lunch time. Salad components included parsley, scallions, cucumber, and tomato.

Good God, I can’t even remember if I even liked this bento. So I don’t even know if this little experiment of mine was a success. Has Smalerie been able to create a yummy low-fat chicken salad? Like the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, the world may never know.