Thursday, June 21, 2007

Foggy Day in Las Misiones~

Monterrey has an elevation of 1740 feet above sea level. We are somewhat higher here in Santiago, N.L. What is a huge change for us here is rainfall there is an average 23 inches of rainfall per year 16 of which falls between June & October. We have had heavy rain & thunderstorms the last few days. A vast difference from the deserts of Coahuila!

The Fog

Fog creeps in & covers the land
you can not see trees, hills
or the mountainsides
only unassuming, grey, sticky fog.

A good Salad to lift those Foggy Day Blues. 24 Hours changes alot of things including weather!!! Making this salad south of the border I have to be on the watch for cans of Water Chestnuts~a difficult to find ingredient in Mexico! This Salad has many names but I think of Texas when I make this, every Grandma has a variation of the recipe. A big salad for a Big State!!!

Iceberg lettuce, 1/2 head approx.
1 can of sliced water chestnuts
1/2 sweet red pepper, chopped (or radishes, sliced)
1/2 c. celery, chopped
1/2 c. sweet red Spanish onion, chopped
1 pkg. frozen green peas
1 1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. sugar
4 oz. Cheddar cheese, grated
8 slices bacon
1 carton of cherry tomatoes halved
Line large glass bowl with bite-size pieces of lettuce. Over this, sprinkle the waterchestnuts and red pepper (if red pepper is not available, use radishes). Then add a layer of celery and Spanish onion. Next, add thawed frozen peas, then cheddar cheese. Add sugar to mayonnaise and spread over the top. Refrigerate overnight. Then top the salad with crisp fried bacon, crumbled & cherry tomatoes just before serving.


carlacares said...

Sounds like we are having similar weather. Very gloomy here day after. May be the salad with some kind of chaser might be the perfect pick me up.

ClaudiaH said...

"The fog comes in on little cat feet..." Carl Sandburg. One of my favorite lines from way back, probably because it's easy to remember. Your location looks quite beautiful to this native northeasterner!

Lauren said...

One of my favorite salads, although not so low in calories!