Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Tweaking, Not Cooking

Still stuck in re-install hell reviving Adele. Have to find all the disks for my apps and a lot of shareware can no longer be found. Then, there's all the tweaking of Windows and the customizing of all the apps I use on a regular basis. I figure I lost 300 apps and programs. I've been reinstalling, tweaking and customizing for several days now. How is it that I cannot remember how I did stuff just a week ago? I guess when Adele lost her mind, I lost mine too. Just setting the preferences and tool bars on all my photo and DTP apps will take a long time.

I keep an address book of passwords so at least I have those. Have XP updated and I have been trying to ignore as much of Service Pack 2 as possible today. I really don't need Microsoft telling me what is safe to view. It takes a long time to get everything just the way I like it.

One if the Dell techs I spoke with was telling me that he re-installs Windows on all four of his personal machines every year. That's not a bad idea. It would keep them uncluttered and speedy.

Not a lot going on in my kitchen this last few days. W4D is out of town and I have been eating convenience foods since my butt is glued to this chair and I am working non-stop trying to get my work station back to normal. Last night, I had fried chicken, a mixed green salad and a nice refreshing Waldorf salad.

Fried Chicken and Waldorf
Dinner for one

I didn't fry the chicken (who in their right mind would fry chicken for one?) but I did make the Waldorf. I use different colors of apples and grapes but I always make it the same. I do not ever put raisins or marshmallows in Waldorf salad. If you add either of the above or other fruits like oranges or whatever, it is not Waldorf, it is a fruit salad. True Waldorf salad is apples, grapes, celery, mayonnaise, walnuts and salt and white pepper. Don't use black pepper - it looks like dirt.

Sometimes, I will use pecans instead of walnuts but walnuts are the original ingredient. You can use any color of apples but I prefer a crisp or tart apples like Granny Smith (pictured), Fuji or Gala. You can use your choice of grapes but you must split and seed them if they are not seedless. The green seedless grapes I used yesterday were huge, 1 1/2 to 2 inches long, so I cut them in half.

Green Waldorf Salad
2 Granny Smith apples
2 cups seedless green grapes
2 ribs of celery, sliced
1/2 cup walnut pieces
TBSP of lemon juice
1 good Large Spoon Splat of Mayo (or to taste)
Salt and white pepper

Assemble ingredients and chop your celery. Cut the apples into bite-sized cubes. I like to leave the peel on for color but you can peel your apples if you prefer. As soon as you get the apples cut and in a bowl, sprinkle them with lemon juice to prevent them from turning dark. Add the celery and the whole or halved seedless grapes. Add that splat of mayo. It will thin out a bit thanks to the lemon juice. Mix gently and then add salt and white pepper to taste. Be careful with white pepper as it is easy to add more than you wish. The difference between black and white pepper is that white pepper has the outer black or colored part of the peppercorns removed before it was ground. I never use pre-ground pepper unless I need white pepper. White pepper is preferable for mashed potatoes or fish or cream sauces so you should always have some on hand. Anyway, gently stir everything together and then add the walnuts. Chill for at least two hours.

Green Waldorf
Tastes Like Summertime


Sanne said...

"marshmallows in Waldorf salad" !
Sounds disgusting and perverse! :(
In Denmark Waldorf salad is Autumn and Winter food. We use it when we serve game. Funny seasonal difference.

"Real men don't take backups - they cry!" :)
Which reminds me I have to take backup very soon at home. I have promised myself to backup in my Summer and Christmas holidays, but I always think I did it yesterday, sigh!

Make a cd with all those small and great shareware and freeware programs, I love my collection on my cd. Then you always have them and don't have to search for them again. And yes, the worst thing is setting all your own preferences again - ough!

Good luck and have fun installing.

lots of e-hugs

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