Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Keeping cool

the only thing to do on a hot day - catnap on my own lounger

Very, very hot here today (41C predicted) so there won't be too much happening here. I'm not even going to cook today, so we are having a favourite salad called (surprisingly) Elizabeth's Favourite Salad from Easy Everyday Recipes by Simon and Alison Holst. Very easy to throw together so long as you have the ingredients of course.

1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 avocado
4 firm, red tomatoes
10cm length telegraph cucumber
crisp-leaf lettuce (iceberg)chopped, about 3 cups full
2 spring onions, sliced
1 tbsp olive or canola oil
freshly ground pepper to taste

Shortly before serving, mix the lemon juice, sugar and salt in the bottom of a fairly large salad bowl. Cut the stoned, peeled avocado into 1cm cubes and turn gently in this dressing. Cut the tomatoes and unpeeled cucumber into similar sizes cubes and add, then add the lettuce and spring onions, sprinkle with the oil and pepper and toss gently to mix everything.

Makes 4 servings

Not being a huge fan of iceberg lettuce, I don't usually follow the recipe exactly and have my own variations and additions:
  • 1 can of rinsed and drained kidney beans

  • Omit the chopped lettuce or serve the salad on a bed of torn lettuce (whatever you have)

  • Use 2 lebanese cucumbers instead of telegraph

  • Add chopped red pepper (capsicum) and some cooked sweetcorn kernels

  • Used red onion chopped finely instead of spring onions

You could probably leave out the olive oil without any problems and today I used lime juice as I didn't have any lemons. I have scattered a handful of chopped parsley over, but if you used lime juice then coriander would be quite nice.

In case you are wondering, we haven't got a new cat, it's an old photo of our previous cat Thomas, who used to love the hot weather, unlike our current cat Cody who prefers to stay inside in the relative cool.


  1. Hi Pip

    Salad sounds really good - have printed off to try tonight. What the hell is a telegraph cucumber?

    The last two days have been pleasant after the heat of Tuesday - just a pity that I have to work. Having Friday off as our computer system is gettting an upgrade so off to the hairdressers.

    Keep cool,


  2. It was hot! Adelaide is hot!

  3. Hi Joolz,
    sorry to take so long answering: a telegraph cucumber is the same as a continental cucumber (I keep forgetting about the different names for things in NZ)
    take care


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