Words to live by…
Yeah, I know I should know better, but sometimes hopeful optimism takes over. Like yesterday. I was out having lunch with Peter and saw Caesar Salad on the menu, saying it was made with the restaurant’s own char-grilled chicken. Now I know that chicken isn’t a traditional ingredient in this salad, but I also know that this restaurant has a nice char-grill, so what the heck. And well, as I say, I should have known better.
I had even joked with the waiter that I wasn’t actually expecting a proper Caesar salad, saying that in all my years in Sevilla I’d never had a decent one (other than at home). But I was at least hoping for a nice crisp green salad with freshly grilled chicken and a “caesar-ish” dressing. Nope. What arrived was a plate of bagged mixed greens, some tiny hard croutons, parmesan, and chunks of tired chicken tasting of fridge. So as usually happens in these cases, Peter ate it. 😉
Later on I jokingly put a post up on Instagram saying I should give a master class to chefs in Sevilla who offer Caesar salad on their menu, and apparently ruffled some feathers. Suddenly I was “insulting” chefs, blah blah… who did I think I was, etc.
My point is… if you want to offer a mixed green salad with chicken and parmesan on your menu, go right ahead. Just don’t call it a Caesar salad.
So you know, been trying to stick to (mostly) low-carb options recently, and decided to make one of my favourite salads: wilted spinach, feta, garlicky bacon, chopped hard-boiled egg. Then I ended up with too much so turned the “leftovers” into an amazing omelette for flatmate Peter. Now and then, living with me has its advantages. 😉
Well okay, it’s not COLD here yet, but I did have to start using a light blanket this week instead of just a top sheet. And I’ve started cooking again, rather than mostly making salads, tortillas, etc at home. This pollo al ajillo actually has lots of garlicky sauce under the rice and chicken… made this batch with just thighs. Am beginning to think that chicken breasts are highly over rated. Plus am totally hooked on courgetti…
So I think I NEED one of these. Not sure if I actually need it more than I need a supersonic hair dryer, but at least this is more affordable. I have no idea how it works, but if it can make great chips like this with next to no oil then I’m in. Especially as diet and exercise changes are in the works. If you have an air fryer, or have used one, I’d love to hear your opinions.