Thursday, April 8, 2021

What's for Dinner?

 Hey There and Good Morning!

I should be doing my Thursday financial reports that I run EVERY Thursday, but I don't feel like it - later I guess.  Never got around to walking or doing archery yesterday.  I ran out before lunch to get carrots and pick up a library book.  It was cold and raw.  So after lunch I napped.  When I got up it was GORGEOUS outside.  Too late to run to a park to walk and Tyg was outside, so I couldn't do archery.  Oh well.  Maybe today.  I needed the carrots because I was making the chicken pot pie recipe that Bonny posted the other week - it is delicious by the way.

For now I seem to be turning Thursdays into cooking or food days on my blog.  Tonight's dinner is hot & sweet Italian sausage that Fletch will grill.  He will grill plenty extra so there will be some for left overs and also some to freeze for another day when I feel like making spaghetti sauce.  Yum.  I will saute some peppers, onions and mushrooms to go with the sausages and will most likely pick up some crusty bread or rolls to go with it all.  None of this encompasses recipes I will share.  

But, we had two new salads this week that turned out pretty good.  With the warmer weather, I've been in the mood for cool sides or summer food as it were.  A few nights ago Fletch grilled some steaks for us.  The salad I made was this:

Tomato-Avocado-Cucumber-Onion Salad


1 Cuke – peeled, seeded and cut into chunks

~ 6 Compari tomatoes chopped

1 avocado chopped

Some onion sliced very, very thin

1 jalapeno minced

Chopped cilantro


1 TBS Canola oil

1 lime juiced

¼ tsp chili powder

Generous pinch of sugar

Salt & Pepper

Pour the dressing over the chopped veggies, toss to mix.  Serve cold or at room temp

It was pretty tasty.  There was some left over, but when I looked at it for lunch the other day it looked pretty runny and I'm guessing the avocado did not do well.  I'll look today and see if any can be salvaged or if it should all be tossed.  We had some home made corn muffins to round out the meal.

Another night I cooked fish (fried blue fish for Fletch - I can't stand blue fish...for myself I baked a piece of cod that I had covered in salsa verde and lemon slices - very good!!).  We had some steamed new potatoes and this salad:

Carrot Salad

1 lb carrots shredded or julienned (I shredded in my mini processor)

3-4 dates chopped

¼ Cup pistachios

Chopped cilantro & mint



2 TBS Fresh lemon juice

1 TBS Tahini

1 TBS Honey

1 Clove garlic minced

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp salt

This was so good!  Very tasty - loved the pistachios and dates in it and some great flavors in the dressing.

For some time now (a few years anyway) I've tried to make a new recipe at least once a week.  Between the pie for Easter and these two salads, this has been a good experiment week!

Not sure what today will be like.  I would love to take a walk, but I need to run the financial reports first.  Also, I did not sleep well - Tyg was on the roof (again) meowing around 1:45 a.m.  I let him in (the back door, downstairs), and did not get back to sleep until after 4 (what's new?).  Then Tyg was meowing in the bedroom at 5 a.m. to go back out.  I let him out and then slept till 6.  I'm guessing I may nap again today, but we shall see.  Sometimes I get a second wind!

Hope you all are doing well!


  1. I'm perfectly fine with your food-on-Thursdays theme, Vera! Keep sharing, please! I love a little cooking inspiration. XO

  2. I am nodding in agreement with Kym! Yes please! (these salads look delicious!) Thank you!

  3. It's always good to get some dinner inspiration. I've become a very bored cook.

    I couldn't stay asleep last night, either. It had a lot to do with having windows open for the first time in a very long time.

  4. Both of those salads sound delicious, and they are just perfect for dinner with something grilled and potatoes. I'm loving your Thursdays-are-for-food theme!

  5. Hello,
    The pot pie and the salads sound delicious. I made an Garlic Chicken in the crock pot and an upside down pineapple cake, they were both yummy. I like reading food blogs and trying new recipes. Take care, have a great day!

  6. I don’t cook as much as I used to but when I do, I make enough to freeze three or four more dinners for myself.

  7. I used to love blue fish. The bay used to be full of them and so did my freezer. My mom was one heck of a fisher-woman. Between the crabs she would bring me and the fish I never had to visit the seafood aisle.

  8. Yum, these salads both sound really good. I can imagine the cucumber salad with a crusty slice of bread on a summer day.

  9. That's a great idea to push your culinary experiences and try new things on a regular basis. We tend to get in a rut with our rotation. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  10. I am always looking for tahini recipes. Somehow during the pandemic Walmart and I got our line crossed and I have two big jars of it. Thanks for the dressing recipe

  11. I don't even know what some of those ingredients are! I am not very creative in the kitchen! The first salad sounds delicious, though!

  12. I confess that I am winging it when it comes to 'what's for dinner'. It's going to end soon because I'll run out of food in the freezer and cupboards!

  13. Both of these make me think of summer!

  14. The salads sound tasty. I plan to try the carrot/pistachio/date. What an interesting combination. I enjoy all three of those things so why not mix them together.