We have this tradition in our home where the birthday child gets to choose what we do for dinner. I will cook whatever they want, or they can choose to go out. Since she went out Thursday Miss Mischief chose a home-cooked meal for us last night. This girl really knows how to put a menu together. So glad she is dropping Maths and taking up Food Technology via distance education next year. I have told her and the one other girl taking the course that they have to do all the practical folio work at our house.
~ Miss Mischief's Birthday Menu ~
Bacon Wrapped Chicken
Hassle Back Potatoes
Pavlova with strawberries
Oh my goodness, the meal was absolutely delicious. The pavlova, of course, was homemade from my Granny's handwritten recipe. Miss Mischief wanted Asian salad with the main course, which I didn't feel went with the meat and potatoes, so I offered to make something with avocado instead. And as I gush about our meal, I realise I have never posted a recipe for my version of a Caesar salad, upon which the salad we had last night was based. You will surely die if you never get to have this salad!
~ Tracy's Caesar-style Salad ~
Salad leaves (see notes)
1 spring onion, finely sliced
4 rashers bacon, diced and fried (see notes)
semi-dried tomatoes (in oil, not vinegar), cut in half
1 avocado, diced
a handful of croutons
Your favourite Caesar dressing (see notes)
Combine all the ingredients in a salad bowl and toss gently.
- Normally I use a cos lettuce for this salad, but last night I had a bag of designer leaves and julienned carrots, so that's what I used. Any lettuce you like will work, but maybe not iceberg.
- I used 5 rashers of bacon last night, but I NEED to tell you - they were American-style streaky rashers and I think they were on the short side of normal length. If you're using regular Aussie middle bacon rashers one to two is plenty.
- I like a light, thin Caesar dressing and once upon a yesteryear Weight Watchers did a beautiful one that has long since been withdrawn from the market. Last night I used Nigella's Golden Honey Mustard Dressing, with olive oil, and it was perfectly amazing.
Happy Birthday Miss Mischief. Thanks for planning a beautiful meal and for just being so amazingly wonderful.