I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fog Beach

Wednesday is now Farmers Market Day...but my pockets were empty and my head was as foggy as the sodden sullen sand.

That didn't stop me from thinking, "Oh I'll just stop in and LOOK!" at the market.

Who knows, maybe I'll win the Lotto [oh it's all gone? too bad.] and be able to buy lots of these gorgeous spring/ summer flowers?

A girl can dream..and plan.

Because, really. I can't plant summer flowers til perhaps mid-June when the weather clears and the earth and ocean are warming.

The market wasn't very busy! Grey skies and high prices are worrisome to many. This is my favorite booth: fresh herbs, potted or snipped into bunches; lilacs! [sigh]; asparagus as thick as your thumb....

So no lovely produce to share this week. Instead a delicious and possibly healthy chicken salad recipe that is perfect for the fridge and busy schedules.

This is really also a great winter recipe, because it uses staples and year round produce like apples and avocado.

Best served with warm multiseed/grain croissants [BJs or Costco?] on a bed of baby butter lettuce. Could be deconstructed for a box lunch if you figure out how to keep the apples pretty, not brown....


                                     Chicken Salad Recipe
serves  3 or 4

2 whole boneless chicken breasts, poached/ shredded/ diced
1 pink-cheeked Yellow apple [Gala, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady etc] -- diced. Not peeled.

1/4C. chopped walnuts
1/4 C. mixed dried fruit [Trader Joe's Golden Berry Mix: Golden raisins, reg raisins, cherries, blueberries, cranberries]

1/4 to 1/3 C. crumbled bleu cheese
1peeled, ripe avocado
2 parts mayo to 1 part low fat sour cream

splash of raspberry balsamic vinegar

1 T olive oil
2 t. sugar or splenda

lemon pepper to taste

 *I do not add salt.*
Do NOT use Granny Smith/ green apples, too sour. Do not use low fat mayo, it slides off and is watery, ick.


Cape Cod variation: chicken or turkey;  whole walnut pieces; red Delicious apples; celery. Omit sour cream.

Citrus Variation: chicken or turkey; sliced peeled navel oranges  [disks,  halved] or mandarin orange segments, canned; bleu cheese; toasted slivered almonds [matchsticks not the flat kind] --on top. Celery optional. 2t. horseradish mayo optional. Sub lemon juice for raspberry vinegar optional.

This is also lovely stuffed into halved whole wheat pitas!



gone to the beach.....



  1. What great looking plants. I haven't been able to get to our farmer's market yet this year but am looking forward to it soon. Kit

  2. I'm hungry and that chicken salad looks great.

    Hope you're having a great day.


  3. Your salad sure looks pretty! But I don't like avocado, or dried cranberries, or real mayo, or raspberry... LOL, I'd make it with just raisins and apples! I'm not sure when I became a picky eater...

    Did I ever tell you about my hot tuna salad? (Don't say ick! It's surprisingly good!)

    The flowers and potted plants at the market were pretty even on such a dreary day. Here it was sunny - warm in the sun, cool in the shade. But I woke up with a headache and haven't been able to shake it all day, so made it hard to enjoy the nice weather.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Do you have osmanthus trees there?

  5. Hi! We don t have osmanthus here, too cold. It seems to be popular in warmer climates like CA. I googled it..says fragrance is amazing. Also called sweet olive and I had a candle from Anthropology in Sweet Olive. It was divine! Lucky you!



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