Lovely salads

Salads are so often the miserable forgotten sister at barbeques. Which is crazy because they can boost your picnic or bbq to something really fancy and yummy. At the weekend me and Al had a bbq for the bank holiday. He was in charge of the meat and I was left to do salads (hello gender stereotyping!). Anyway…have you seen that episode of Friends where Monica puts Phoebe in charge of cups and ice? I had that in mind…

Potato salad is a bbq staple but it’s good to mix it up a bit. I’m really pleased with how this recipe from Good Food worked out. The sherry vinegar in the dressing makes it.

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Jamie Oliver’s chickpea salad was also a hit. I just put the one chili in it (I think Jamie likes chili more than the average person) and left out the feta cheese as one of our guests was vegan and that would just be MEAN.

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These two will definitely be whipped up again and I think they would be great for picnics/daytrips as they keep really well in containers too and the dressings deepen with time. Mmmmmmmmmm.

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Happy July 4th!

You don’t have to be American to celebrate Independence Day. Which is good because I’m holding a July 4th picnic this evening near Tower Bridge. There will be a blues band playing at the Scoop too.  However this is nothing compared to my parents, the lucky devils, who have THE prime spot for firework viewing in New York City and will get to see the amazing display from the barges in the Hudson. So jel.

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But back to me and my more low-key celebrations. Here is the Star Spangled Banner Cake I made today, using Mary Berry’s sponge recipe topped with whipped cream, cherries and blueberries.

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Al has made amazing Buffalo wings with very authentic tasting blue cheese sauce – sooooo good.  And of course, there has to be pulled pork and bread buns. I used the Simon Rimmer version, I love him.

I also have a ton of red, white and blue plates, cups and napkins which I stocked up on at Poundland last night (so classy).

Have a very happy July 4th people! From sea to shining sea!

Queen of the Night Bus xxxx