Experiment, successful.

I had this lovely head of lettuce but it got overlooked and was a bit sad looking by the end of the week.
Not wanting to toss it out I looked around on the Interwebs for a recipe that could save my produce.
When we lived in France my favorite salad was Salade Lyonaisse.
It’s a wilted salad as but because you use curly sturdy lettuce it stayed pretty firm and crunchy.

Calling it an experiment in cooking I decided to try my hand at a wilted salad with my poor head of lettuce.
The salad I made turned out surprisingly well and did not disappoint,for sure a recipe I’ll be making more often.

Wilted lettuce with Bacon

1 head of lettuce, do not use butter or iceberg, I used a red-green variety

Thick sliced bacon, 4 slices per person
1 tbs vinegar
1 tbs lemon juice
1 boiled egg per person
Cut the bacon up in big pieces and cook until crispy, set aside
Add vinegar, lemon juice to the bacon drippings
cut lettuce up into bits and pour dressing from pan over lettuce.
Shake the bowl a bit to evenly coat the lettuce
Add bacon and offer the egg on the side.

You can half the amount of bacon drippings by pouring some out before adding the other ingredients if you don’t want too much of it.
But it is delicious!


Happy Wednesday!

Gadgets galore!

Brought to you by the spices one should have at hand all the time.
Images mostly from Fred and Friends.

Here are some of the funniest salt and pepper shakers.

For the Princess in all of us

Channeling the geeky side


Nice play on words

I like this one the best.

Happy Memorial Day to all my American readers.

Hope you are relaxing with friends or family.
I drew the short straw and am going to work today.

Swedish Chef Sunday

Tina, Nicole and Mari take on Japan Town.

3 weeks ago I took a field trip with my friends Tina and Nicole to San Francisco and Japan Town.
I never had been there and I was blown away by it.
I can’t put my finger on why places like this delight me but for sure the colors and the novelty of a different culture do play a large factor.

This is the first thing I saw when we got there.

You are in a different country almost. All signs in Japanese and there was a festival going on when we visited.
It is large, covering 6 city blocks!
Packed with little stores and Restaurant Ally we ended up spending hours there.

What I totally loved were the quite realistically displays of the food rendered in plastic.
Takes all the guess work out of ordering!

Can you believe this is not real food?

This is real food!
I had a Bento box that had the tastiest panko breaded fish and some melt-in-your-mouth tuna sashimi.

Going on an Adventure!

I now have been blogging for almost 2 years (give or take a month) and I enjoy it.
At first I was focused on getting people to read it and got frustrated by the lack of readers.
Then another blogger told me if I blogged to do it for me.
Not too long ago I added a “gadget” to the blog that shows me where people are reading my blog and it’s pretty cool.
Here are my stats since April 23rd.

Top Views by Country for 30 days ending 2012-05-23

Country Views
United States 183
United Kingdom 9
Canada 9
South Africa 7
Netherlands 7
Australia 4
Indonesia 2
Austria 2
Sweden 2
Germany 1
Malaysia 1
India 1
Hong Kong 1
Romania 1
Republic of Korea 1
Egypt 1
Brazil 1
Nigeria 1

Waving to my only peeps in Germany through Nigeria!

So seeing this list with people in exotic locales makes me really happy.
If you are on this list, wave “Hi” next time!

Lately I’ve been going on little field trips and I really want to start sharing those on my blog.
On all of those I’ve seen some really cool things and had some cool foods.
So after brainstorming with my friend Nicole I decided my blog will be a food and field-trip blog.
I’ll share food and places I’ve visited that were pretty cool and the foods I enjoyed.

Stay tuned for a visit to Japan Town in San Francisco and the Maker’s Faire last weekend.

Criss Cross Apple Sauce.

Today College Girl is getting her wisdom teeth out and yesterday we stocked up on all the foods she can eat for the next few days.
In the produce box from last week there were 4 apples, perfect for home made apple sauce.
Any sweet apple will do, you might adjust the amount of sugar or use Stevia or Splenda to make it sugar-free.

4 sweet apples (I use either Gala or Honey Crisp apples)
1 cup apple juice (or water)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cut apples in wedges
Add all ingredients together in a pan and let simmer until apples are soft
Add a dash of nutmeg to the apples.
You can mash the apples or leave as is.
We like to eat them cold so refrigerate the sauce if you do too.


Swedish Chef Sunday

Bacon, bacon, bacon and more bacon.

Because everything is better with bacon I’m adding Awesome to your Saturday with these goodies from http://www.mcphee.com

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