Monday, September 7, 2009

Labour Day, Vacation, Dinner Party

So in Canada and the States at least it is Labour Day today. I understand from reading Tropic Temper, Glenda Larke's blog, that it is a long weekend in Malaysia too - she tells me it is a state holiday for a Koran Reading competition. Only problem with holiday weekends to us is that we are more or less on holiday all the time so it doesn't mean a lot any more. We had a friend over for dinner last night and we were kind of expecting some fireworks but maybe they are saving them for tonight. We usually get a pretty good view of fireworks from our balcony. There is apparently a movement to call it International Worker's Day - why? Labour Day has been OK for a long time, what's the point of changing it? Apart from which, that is something of a mouthful. If you go to this page on Wikipedia you can join a discussion on the name change. Friday we leave for North Carolina so this week is going to be busy doing some last minute things, not the least of which will be dealing with Avon before I go. Then there's trying to use up all the perishable foods in the fridge and out of it and making sure the things we need to take with us are all ready to be packed. At our ages we have a special bag for pills and potions, we have so damned many of them. Not quite as bad as the picture, but that's what it seems like sometimes. Last night we cooked the Marmalade Chicken recipe I posted on September 2. It turned out very well although there was rather more sauce than I expected. I made the Heirloom Tomato and Basil Tart posted on May 20th and the Almond Rice pudding from September 4. All pretty filling I might say. I am still stuffed this morning. With the chicken I decided to serve a cole slaw. I have a recipe I picked up from a friend in the States several years ago which is one we both liked very much. It isn't loaded with sugar, nor does it get too soggy like a lot of slaws. A lot of that is due to the fact that everything is hand shredded, not put in a machine to slice and chop. I forgot to take a picture last night so this is leftovers. Selma's Cole Slaw 1 head cabbage, hand shredded 2 sticks celery, shredded 1 cucumber, chopped 1 green pepper, seeded, chopped 1 med carrots, grated 1 large onion, or more, chopped 2 Tbs Mayonnaise 1 Tbs Vinegar salt and pepper Prepare vegetables in a large bowl. Mix mayonnaise, vinegar and seasonings. Toss vegetables in dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning to preference.

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