Thanks to my devotion to ShabbyNest I’ve been getting myself organized for making big decisions for our finishings in the parts of the house that are going to be changed due to the addition.
This is basically all of the house and I’ve been feeling a bit adrift.
My sister made suggestions and I was able to decide the colour of the siding (Sage) but everything else was kind of hazy. That’s not good.
So what I’ve been doing is creating pages with all of the magazine clippings that I’ve been saving and all of the colours that we’ve been discussing.
Due to my addiction to decorating mags I’ve had a lot to choose from and I’ve been showing possibilities to “the boys” as I come across something that we might want to consider.
This is what I’ve come-up with so far. I really should be creating an electronic version but this is fun and also portable. I could bring my laptop to the paint store and furniture stores but…I just don’t envision myself juggling the babes and my purse and…
What can I say-I really like colour. I especially like colour in the midst of a Canadian winter when there doesn’t seem to be any colour left in the world.
That seems to be the way that I need to decorate. Oh. And storage built in everywhere.
However, a lot of this can’t be acted upon until the end of July so let’s think of a gorgeous lunch instead.
My mom was talking the other day about how my Grandma Kelly would often have the Women’s Institute over for tea once a month and they would plan out the next set of activities that they would be running through the church.
There would be a variety of sweets and sandwiches. Often those awesome pinwheel sandwiches that my mom still makes (I showed those another day) and this delicious take, on chicken salad.
My mom really struggled to think of what exactly was in it but she did remember celery and raisins. This was apparently a radical adaptation of chicken salad in a small town, in the ’50’s. My Gran would poach the chicken and then use the bones etc. for soup for the rest of the family. With nine kids she wasted nothing.
So put on a fancy hat and a pair of white gloves, here is a version of chicken salad that gets served in a puff pastry container. I’ve tarted it up even a bit more-just because but I’ve saved myself so much time poaching the chicken by starting with a rotisserie chicken.
If you really want to be fancy then you can call this Vol-au-vent au poulet.
That’s a bit over the top though.
Start with: a rotisserie chicken, a rib of celery, 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds (a.k.a. pepitos, you can substitute sunflower seeds if you’d like), 1/4 cup hazelnuts (in some parts these are called filberts, you can have pecans instead if you’d like), 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 2 T. chopped parsley, salt (I’m using a lavendar and lemon sea salt because I happen to have it) and pepper.
Mix all together and
add enough mayonaise to bind (use the real stuff not the other and if you really want a medal make homemade).
Next, take frozen puff pastry (my Gran made her own, I only do this a few times a year-it’s really labour intensive so just buy it) and roll out to 1/4 inch thick.
Cut into the piece into four.
Using a knife, score the puff pastry so that it looks like a picture frame.
Bake on parchment paper (or a silicone sheet) for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Take out the centre when slightly cooled.
Scoop in the chicken salad and if you have been super careful you can add the tops back on.
For ladies in white gloves: you can make a mini version of this that will be just one bite. We tend to eat a little less daintily in our house.
To serve, make a nice green salad with a few roasted beets over the top and serve with that great Murray House dressing.
Young Adventures... said:
The chicken salad looks delish! Love the paint colors.
The Mrs said:
I know I say this on practically every post, but this looks so amazing I just might die.Oh. My. Word.
You're eating ok? I was so sick all through my pregnancy (delivery…) I think I lived off of ginger chews and peanut butter for nine months.
The Mrs said:
I'm eating okay off and on. It's when I *don't* eat that I'm miserable. Half of the time, EVERYTHING looks wonderful.The other half…no thanks.Mr was making chicken corn soup last night and the smell of the chicken would have driven me out of the kitchen…except that I had to do Food Waste Friday (early, because tonight's A DATE NIGHT!). So there's me, sick as a dog, smelling boiled chicken and cleaning rotten food out of my refrigerator. Woe.
Eeek! That was me with beef and anything bacon oh-and coffee. Those are my major food groups usually.
The Mrs said:
I know with the coffee!What do I love about getting up at 5 in the morning and having the early morning to myself for blogging and reading?Coffee.What can I absolutely not tolerate in the first few months of pregnancy?Coffee.Double woe.(Double double woe, actually. I slay me.)
You slay me too
Christine (Cook the Story) said:
Three things:1) Awesome-looking chicken salad. Wish I had chicken in the house because that lunch would make my day.2) I know you want to be able to carry around your inspirational materials, but in addition, have you tried using Pinterest? I'm new on there and kind of like it.3) My British mother-in-law is a WI member in the UK where it's a big organization. She always tells me about how it began in Canada. However, you're the first Canadian that I've ever heard mention it. Do you know if it's still operating?
Just grab a rotisserie chicken and you're good to go. I'm trying to avoid the lure of Pinterest because I think that I might become seriously addicted. I don't know if it is still going? Should find out though since I just rewatched "Calendar Girls" and it looks like a lot of fun.
KB and Whitesnake said:
Decorating the house is always so exciting. The food looks great too.KB