Good Morning

I cannot really complain: no snow or rain, but it is very misty this morning, which also has its charm. The days are getting a little warmer and when I go out into the great wide world in the morning to feed the birds I no longer really need my thick long padded coat. I might even go into town this afternoon to visit the store. My online provisions do not include frozen food and I have a few things I want to stock up on. No. 1 son can easily get them for me, but I have a special financial arrangement and I would not have to pay as I get a bonus every month which I have not used since January and the end of last year, so now it amounts to quite a lot.

And yesterday I had yet another success. Probably something that most assemble in the kitchen, but I have never had luck with a potato salad. I am not really a big fan, but mine is always a soggy soft mess. This time I decided to do it my way. I cooked the potatoes in their jackets in my microwave in the afternoon and let them cool down. I could then peel them easily with my special sharp peeler just removing the skin and not part of the potato. I then sliced them and put them in a bowl. I poured hot bouillon over them and left them to soak it up. In the meanwhile I made a salad sauce with lots of chopped parsley that I happened to have. Eventually I removed the sliced potato from the bouillon and put it in the salad sauce and mixed. At last I no longer had a soggy mess and even as a non lover of potato salad, I also found it OK. I am sure most of you have never had problems with potato salad, but this is really a case of practice for me. I think the problem was always that I never had the patience and my logistics were not so organised. It went down quite well with some frankfurters and pork sausages.

The sparrows were back yesterday and spent most of the time watching from the opposite trees. They were not really in a hurry for food. I have the feelilng that they are a little over fed and the time might be coming when they can fend for themselves. The first insects have shown themselves, but just a few creeping beetles that are probably the reconnaissance for the rest of the tribe: not enough yet to feed a flock of birds.

I spotted one small tit in the branches of a tree. He just flies back and forth to the birdhouse for a quick peck.

The sparrows prefer a laid table for their food.

Otherwise a quiet day at home. Yesterday evening I was a little late hugging the bed. They were showing the newest remake of the film “The Mummy” from 2017. Tom Cruise was playing the hero, although it took me time to realise that it was Tom Cruise. This time the mummy was a revengeful Egyptian princess that in her life had killed her father, mother, and baby brother to get to the throne. Naturally she was cursed with everything possible and due to a fluke Tom Cruise discovered her tomb and released her back to life, although she had to feed on a few humans to get her strength again. There was a female scientist to pay the leading lady, working for an organisation that was dealing with unwanted monsters. I suppose it was a bit of a silly film, but stupid me sat in front of the TV until midnight until it was finished. I hope there will be no such films this evening to capture my interest. I just love horror and science fiction.

And now to begin the Saturday tasks with a musical background from my ear buds tuned in to my favourite radio station. At the moment I am on the classical music trip, although change it at lunch time for a bit of modern rock as my No. 1 son is also listening because I do not wear my ear buds then. In between I also like to listen to some jazz on the Jazz24 sender based in Canada. Yes I have quite a versatile music taste.

It is now week-end, so try to enjoy, even if your life is composed of isolation and keeping your distance. Sometimes we can also have a good time on our own. Today no cooking experiments planned, although I will probably be baking a cake tomorrow. I was thinking of something with chocolate. Must see where the journey takes me. See you around later.

13 thoughts on “Good Morning

    • We soak it a little in bouillon first and afterwards mix a salad sauce according to your own taste. I use a bit of mustard, some mayonnaise and aromat. Gherkins is also a good idea. I am still working on the perfect salad.

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  1. Good morning … great photos today … your potato salad looks intriguing … my mother’s family was from Alsace and made it with mayonnaise .. maybe Europe had nothing to do with it? .. . dunno … now that I am seeing your pictures I am getting hungry for some potato salad … for which we have absolutely NONE of the ingredients … and it is supposed to snow 3-5 inches later today … so there is that … have a great day … we are Superbowling-it this weekend … it should be a good game … the first time Tom Brady was in the Superbowl .. the other guy was in kindergarten they say … so there is that … SLP …

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    • We always soak it a little in bouillon to give it a salty taste and afterwards everyone makes their own salad sauce. We use some mustard and mayonnaise with spices. I like to chope fresh herbs into it. Have fun with the superbowl, I think they are even bringing it here, but filmed. Live it would be in the early morning hours.

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  2. I discovered the trick to potato salad was NOT over-cooking the potatoes — and if I really want them to come out right, I make my own mayonnaise. I also don’t peel the potatoes. They hold together better that way.

    It has been gray every day for a while here, but we have sunshine today. Good thing since we have to drive to where they are giving vaccines so Garry can get one. Not me, but one of us is better than neither of us.

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    • That is really the trick not to overcook them. Mine were quite big potatoes so no problem to peel them. I am going to start making my own mayonnaise. I have ordered a special hand mixer and when it arrives I will be making my own.
      We have a shortage of vaccine at the moment, but I am on the list, so is Mr. Swiss and the Swiss government say they intend to have the whole population vaccinated in Summer. So let us wait and see.

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  3. Good Morning!
    Potato Salad is a traditional component to a barbecue or picnic, especially during summer. I do not make it, but I do like to eat it. It is made with hard boiled eggs, and can contain a few finely chopped vegetables. The simplest are the best though. I dislike chopped celery, but do not mind bits of bell pepper and olive. It is all sort of glued together with a mayonnaise like dressing. It might actually be mayonnaise.

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  4. Good afternoon, the sun is shining through a thin layer of clouds. No rain is in sight. I have made potato salad most of my life. The source is essential and the basis can be mayonnaise or salad dressing. I boiled the potatoes and a dozen eggs. I make the sauce with mayonnaise adding mustard, onions, peppers, pickles anything else have added to it. I like the sauce can be done a long time, often overnight to allow the favors to mixed. I slice both main ingredients together and serve. If not eaten for a long time the salad must be refrigerated. Deviled eggs using the same sauce. They are usually gone right away.
    I had a fun hiring day yesterday. After my blood work, we went to a nearby town for their gluten-free goodies and a tour of the college I went too for my Bachelor’s degree. Have good journey to town and good night. Stay safe!

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  5. That sounds good. It seems sover the pond the potato salad is always made with eggs. Looks like I will have to practice a little more. It was a dull day, but I managed to get out again into town. They are now preparing for the carnival season, although there will be no processions or music due to Covid. It was very quiet in town and not many people around, but I managed to get my shopping done.

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