Chicken Salad... Picnic Perfect

Friday, 16 April 2010

I am a sucker for a good picnic. In my neck of the woods in Mexico, picnics are close to impossible to have, it's way too hot and unless you have them under a good shade, they're even dangerous as sunstroke is not a thing to take lightly.  When I moved to Ireland I was starved of picnics, so the first few years I had as many as I could,  although I soon realised that the idilic picture of a picnic was quite impractical: the basket, the foods, the drinks, the blanket, the sweet treats, the ice bucket, the views... you would need a legion of carriers up the steep hill of Wicklow Mountains for that! My back is not what it used to be, so sitting on the floor for long periods is close to impossible... our picnics now are much easier, much more improvised and practical, but there is one thing I can never skip from a picnic: the Chicken Salad.

Ensalada de Pollo, or chicken salad, has a very retro feel for me. It has an evocative 1960's ring to it and it is super tasty. It is perfect for the hot days of summer as you can have it in sandwiches or with crackers; it  has the added benefit of being quite simple and easy to make. It keeps really well in the fridge and every time I have it, I feel nostalgic and a little homesick for my childhood. My version of it isn't one hundred percent traditional, but it is the way my mother always made it. I love its creaminess and freshness. I make it quite a lot in Ireland as it is handy for packed lunches and of course for picnics! 

A Little Welcome

Monday, 5 April 2010

Hi there! I can't believe I'm admitting to this, but this is my first blog EVER! yes, yes, that probably shows my age alright! :) but nagged by friends and inspired by a few stories and a movie or two, I've finally decided to give in and try this blogging thing... a lot of people around me seem to do it and they all love it, so I'm going to give it a go. Problem is, when it came to decide what to blog about, I couldn't make up my mind! current affairs? Nama? the economy? the terrible state of the country? the credit crunch? nah! all this is just plain boring and very unhelpful, the longer we keep saying/hearing negative things, the worse is going to get! so, no sir. Thank you, but no thank you. I've decided to write about something I love, something that, if we are honest, we all love! FOOD! :) Food is my one true passion in life and I know a lot about it! :)

I'll try and make it fun and useful and I promise that under no circumstances, will I mention the credit crunch or the economy here! Let's make it a negativity free zone!

Any way, I'll try to make it interesting and hope you'll send me your comments!