Saturday 27 November 2010

Saturday Prattle . . .

"At every moment in our lives, we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss."

~Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

Good morning! I am rather late getting started this morning. I wasn't very well through the night. I kept thinking that I was going to get sick and so didn't sleep very well. I didn't crawl out of bed until gone 7:30, which is very late for me!! I will be playing catch up all day as that is some 2 1/2 hours later than I usually get up!

We had the missionaries here last night along with an investigator who is being Baptised tonight. It was a fun evening. One of the things we did was an activity that was really fun. I thought it would be a great Family Home Evening activity as well! They had five sheets of paper with each person's name at the top of one page. Then they passed the sheets around to each of us and we had to write down our description of that person whose name was at the top of the page. Each description then got folded under before we passed it on to the next person so that they could not see what we had written. (not sure if I made sense of those instructions or not!) Anyways, the papers eventually made their way back to the person whose name was on the paper and then we got to read out loud all the descriptions! Here is what my paper said about me:

*A very good cook and Christlike woman. You are a good example to others in the way you like. Also you are Canadian which is a big compliment! (This had to have been the Canadian Missionary!)

*I think you are swell because you are always happy! I think that you can see only good in people and that shines through in the warm way that you treat all of us.

* A loving and sensitive person, very helpful and charitable. She is a wonderful cook and very talented with art and crafts. She is a first class partner in my life. (SO long as I can keep her in check!) (This had to be Todd, lol)

*I have found her to be a very warm and loving person although I have only known her for a short while. I feel that goodness surrounds her.

I'm not sure that I deserve all of those kind words, but I'll take them gratefully and try to live up to them!

I'd like to be able to stay and play a little bit longer this morning, but alas, I have a talk to write for tonight and a bazilion other things to get done today. I leave you all with my love and a recipe! Happy Saturday everyone!

Have you ever seen the book, “French Women Don’t Get Fat, The secret of eating for pleasure???” Well, I don’t want to get in a debate about whether French women get fat or not (let’s just say I have been to the continent, and um . . . I did see a lot of fat women, and they weren’t speaking English) but anyways, this salad could have something to do with the reason they may or may not get fat. Oooo la la . . .

*The French Wedge*
Serves 2
Printable recipe

It couldn’t be simpler and you can have it on your table in less than 10 minutes. What can be tastier than a crisp wedge of Iceberg lettuce, sliced avocado and baby plum tomatoes with a tasty French vinaigrette? One with the addition of toasted walnuts and crumbled Roquefort cheese, that’s what!!!

¼ cup walnut pieces
1 tsp grainy Dijon mustard
1 TBS sherry vinegar
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
½ head of iceberg lettuce
4 ounces Roquefort cheese, crumbled
½ haas avocado, peeled and cut into ¼ inch slices
8 baby plum tomatoes, cut in half

Heat the oven to 180*C/350*F/gas mark4. Place the walnut pieces on a small baking tray and carefully toast them in the oven, tossing them regularly for about 5 minutes. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn. Set aside.

Whisk together in a small bowl the mustard, sherry vinegar and the salt and pepper. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, while whisking to emulsify the mixture.

Cut the lettuce half into two evenly sized wedges. Place each quarter on a chilled salad plate. Arrange the avocado slices next to the wedge and scatter the plum tomatoes over top of the avocado. Rewisk the dressing and drizzle it over top of each wedge. Sprinkle on the walnut halves and the Roquefort cheese. Enjoy!

In The English Kitchen today, Applesauce and a delicious Applesauce Tea Bread!


  1. Roquefort and walnuts - yum. This sounds lovely but I think I'll have to excavate some pea soup out of the freezer as it's such a cold snowy day.

    The game sounds like a lot of fun too. I might pinch that idea.

  2. Your activity sounds like a polite version of `Consequences' which we used to play as children. No holds barred!


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