Sunday, April 11, 2010
I had a really mellow this weekend. It helped that the weather in this corner of the world was spectacular - a beautiful spring break. The sun was shining, but it was still rather cool and I wore a vest over my sweatshirt while wandering around my neighborhood. One perk that results from the seasonal change is the different types of produce available. Hooray for fruit! I scored some Alphonso mangoes for a pretty decent price - I've been having one every morning for the last week or so and I get quite a few envious looks around the workplace watercooler as I prepare my breakfast. It's such a fantastic way to star the day and they are so easy to eat! I was also tempted to buy a bunch of well-priced asparagus, but...err...wasn't too keen on the after-effects of eating asparagus. I am definitely a part of the population that suffers from that peculiar side effect of eating asparagus. Too bad, because I really like asparagus!
Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand - I was digging around my fridge and trying to find something to eat for a post-gym snack. I had leftover chicken and scallions = chicken salad it is!
Note: I love onions. Seriously - if they didn't cause such stinky breath I would eat onions ALL DAY. I can never leave a grocery store without grabbing a bunch of scallions.
Here is my rough recipe for chicken salad:
Take a medium bowl and mix together = chopped up chicken (breast, leg, whatever), scallions (I put three, for the more moderate - maybe just one, hee hee), 1 rib of celery finely chopped, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 cloves of pressed garlic (passed through a garlic press), salt and pepper to taste. Mix well - add more mayonnaise if you prefer. I would also recommend 1/2 an avocado finely chopped.
I was thinking up of sandwich pairings and like ice cream, the possibilities are endless! It really depends on your taste. For this spring day, I chose sliced apples, avocado, and lettuce. The apples added a beautiful crunch and sweetness to each bite and I would highly recommend it! The next day, I did Laughing Cow cheese, apples, and toasted almond slices on top of baguette.
Oh yeah. A spoon can dream. And make it into reality! Unfortunately, I was too hungry to take snaps of the baguette-wich, so you'll have to make do with the Saturday meal. And yes, my sandwich is held together by generic "whole wheat" bread. Others have vices like Twinkies or french fries - mine? Dirty, generic, not-enriched bread.
It goes without saying that I can't wait for summer - BBQ time!