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Just a little too warm!

With the temperature predicted to hit 40˚C (104˚F) no-one was looking forward to the day last Saturday. All you could do was try and be prepared. Gary had spent Friday watering the garden while I was at work, and I purchased a few ingredients with a view to making our favourite, Caesar Salad.

Saturday dawned and it soon warmed up. Gary decided he would spend the day in the garden and would follow the shade! I decided to scrub the bathroom from top to bottom, before cleaning out the larder! As the temperature peaked at 42.2˚C (108˚F) the power failed. This is not a huge issue for us as we do not have air conditioning. The only issue was that if I was going to make the Caesar Salad, it would all need to be done using the gas BBQ, because we cook on electric induction in our kitchen. I put the Caesar on hold and come up with a more simple plan B!

After lounging for some time in the pool, I ducked inside and whipped up Olivia’s Amazing Avocado Dip, grabbed a couple of kransky and sliced them up, put some sour cream into a dish and doused it liberally with some of my chilli jam. Then fired up the BBQ on the terrace to cook the cransky slices “et voilà”, a simple, light, casual dinner by the pool.

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A fresh, crisp cos lettuce – what to do?

Last week as I was leaving my hour long French lesson, Wendy, the wife of my teacher, offered me some fresh cos lettuce from their garden. They had all come in at once, and were ready to pick, so she was giving them away because she didn’t want them to go to waste.

Yes, again, I am trying to learn the beautiful French language. This was only my second lesson, and I have just had my third. I have just spent the last two days at my desk trying to get a hold on the what I had learned so far, but by last night was feeling quite despondent, as if nothing was sinking in and went to sleep feeling as if I was wasting my time…

This morning when I woke up, I started

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Proof of my hard work and frustration!

reading some more, got up and did some writing, and started to feel a little better – though not much. Anyway off I went, about a forty minute drive, listening to French language CDs. Upon my arrival I voiced my weariness and frustration, in English, but was soon to find out that the hard work was actually paying off, particularly as I began to recall some of the vocabulary that had been causing me so much frustration. So I am back home and feeling much more positive – maybe you should ask me how I feel again, next Monday night, as I finish another week of studying!

Anyway, I digress…

Back the lovely cos lettuce. We are fans of the beautiful Caesar Salad, but often find that people tend to overdress it with it arriving in front of you looking rather sad, limp and wet. After checking the fridge to make sure I had everything needed, I decided that I should prepare my version of Caesar Salad for a quick, light and very tasty dinner.


While I still think I made it a little too wet, it was quite delicious.

Until next time…

Bon appétit!

PS: Don’t forget to keep an eye on what’s happening in The Corner Patch!


Caesar Salad.


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