Cooking up something light and fresh always brings out the sunshine. Last night, I repeated a salad that was made for the tropical bridal shower on the weekend. This amazing salad of papaya, avocado and romaine lettuce topped with a papaya seed dressing brought some sunshine into our gloomy kitchen.
|Mennonite Girls Can Cook papaya salad dressing|
I found the recipe on the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog. It reminds me of a recipe we used to make back in the 90's at our "gourmet cooking dinner club" parties. Don't know where the original recipe got to (after too many moves around the province). But this one is a great fascimile. It's back on the list of one of our favoruite salads. I served it with some panko crusted tilapia. Summer sunshine for a January night.
The writers over at Folk Magazine and Blog have been keeping me inspired lately. Every day there is something new and wonderful to read about. Today they spoke about forcing narcissus bulbs as a love token for Valentine's Day. Sweet. And then I remembered that I still had a box of these little bulbs in my closet from before Christmas and ran to plant them up in a square glass jar filled with pebbles like this photo:
As I look around the house I see that the last of the amaryllis plants from Christmas is about to send up another shoot, the Costco orchids are still blooming and that my Christmas cactus has decided to send out new flowers on it's own schedule.
Plus I'm getting my hair cut and coloured today in preparation for our trip to the Dominican next week for my niece's wedding. (update - the salon just called and my hairstylist is off sick today - guess I'm cutting my own bangs and heading to the drug store for a box of hair colour).
It may be gloomy outside, but the sun is shining in our house!