Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It Followed Me Home

I put him in the dining room, it looks like
 he's pointing at me in the kitchen. 

Two weeks ago I had lunch with my friend, Paula.  In order to work up an appetite we shopped before lunch.  I have a collection of "JOY" things and when we came across this little guy I decided I would add one more. 

When I go out for lunch I usually order the chicken salad - I figure if a restaurant, especially one calling itself a 'tea room,' can make a decent chicken salad, I'll come back and try other items on the menu.

I made this recipe up as I went, once again playing with my food.

Grilled Chicken Salad

1 grilled chicken breast (charcoal or wood will have a better taste than gas grilled)  I chopped the meat up into tiny little squares trying to make all the ingredients look about the same size.
1 handful of chopped dried cranberries
1 handful chopped pecans
1 handful of chopped celery
1/2 handful chopped spring onion (I only used the green part)
1/2 handful of fresh parsley

Toss these ingredients together then add 2 or 3 tablespoons of your favorite mayonnaise.

Cover and chill for a couple of hours (it will taste even better chilled overnight).

This recipe made 4 generous servings.  I was experimenting (yes, my husband is o.k. with being my guinea pig).  In a week or so, Paula and few other friends are coming by - guess what we're having to eat?

What's new in your kitchen?

I'm taking my gnome and my recipe over to Uncommonly Yours' Link Party - join me.



Denise :) said...

You have a joy gnome (guh-nome, as I love to say it) -- how fun!! Your chicken salad looks good. Does this mean you're now considering opening up a tea room?!? LOL!!! Have a *great* day! :)

Robin Larkspur said...

Love your gnome; he followed the right person home! I have to say that chicken salad looks absolutely divine! I like the addition of dried cranberries and pecans....gotta try this!!

rubyslipperz said...

I LUV your leeeetle gnome! He will bring "JOY" each time you look at him!

I usually have to walk AFTER lunch, 'cause I eat too much =P

I really, REALLY enjoy reading your "friendship" quotes on your banner each time I come to your blog.


TexWisGirl said...

a very cute little gnome. :)

HolleyGarden said...

I know exactly what you mean. I always order enchiladas at a Mexican restaurant because I figure they surely should be able to make those! Love your little gnome. How serendipitous that he was calling you by name!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning !!!!

I was delighted to see your comment yesterday, but only was able to come by this morning! YOUR CHICKEN SALAD LOOKS FABULOUS!!! I am addicted to a spinach salad I make with chicken and WALNUTS (lots of them!) and chopped apple, no dressing, but just the flavor of all these ingredients. AND I THANK YOU for coming to visit me! JOY INDEED for school is almost over (it is my last year as a full-time teacher) and lovely weather is on the horizon.


Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

I love your restaurant "test"! The little gnome is so cute, too! It must have been such fun to come across him! Thanks for sharing him and your yummy chicken salad recipe with us this week! It looks delicious!

Take care,