salads

Southern Style Potato Salad

Southern-potato-saald

Happy Fourth of July my fellow Americans. I have always loved the fourth and its one of the days I miss the most with my family. We would always spend it out on the lake in the boat tubing and swimming and then cook on the grill. One of my favorite recipes that my momma always makes and is a must in a Southern household is potato salad. Today I was thinking about my family and getting homesick and this recipe popped into my head and I just had to have it.

Most people like to wait for it to get nice and cold before eating it but I always loved mine warm when it’s just been made. My momma would always hand me a bowl after she made it because she knew that is how I loved it. As you all know my brothers are both in the Navy serving our country and are both stationed around the world. One brother is in Bahrain (three hours from me) and my other one is in Guam. All three us are far away from home, homesick for our little town and mommas cooking and of course our mom is sad that we’re all away. I hope for all of us to reunite soon but in the mean time it’s nice having something for dinner that can make me smile.

5 potatoes (regular sized), boiled, peeled and cubed
5 boiled eggs, chopped (yellows removed)
1 small yellow onion, finely diced
1 large celery stalk, diced (or 1 teaspoon celery seeds)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon regular mustard
1 small pickle, chopped
1 teaspoon paprika

1. In a large mixing bowl add potatoes, eggs, celery and onions, mix. Fold in mayonnaise, mustard and pickles. Add salt, pepper and paprika. Mix well, cover and refrigerate.

Yields: 6 servings

Homemade Croutons

homemade-croutons

I love croutons on my salad and nothing can top a freshly made batch. You can really use any type of bread that you have on hand but I always just use sliced white bread. You can store these in a covered container or plastic bag if you have any leftover and you can also use different seasonings to create your own taste.

4 slices of white bread
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. In a bowl add olive oil, garlic salt and Italian seasoning, mix.

2. Cut bread into cubes then add into the bowl coating every piece. On a non-stick baking sheet add the bread and cook in the oven until golden, about 10-13 minutes.

Yields: 6 servings

Cucumber and Yogurt Salad

Cucumber and Yogurt Salad is a popular salad throughout the Middle East especially Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The tongue cooling salad is especially nice when paired with a spicy dish.  In Arabia when one refers to yogurt it is the plain thick yogurt that those of you in the West refer to as Arabic or Greek yogurt. Flavored yogurts are a western thing and not too popular in Saudi. Yogurt has its own aisle here with all sorts of brands and sizes that’s how popular it is.
2 cups yogurt
2 large cucumbers, peeled and diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried mint
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1. In a mixing bowl add yogurt, salt, mint and garlic, mix well. Add chopped cucumbers then stir. Carefully pour into a serving bowl and serve.
Yields: 4 servings

This & That

Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a good
weekend or week wherever you may be in the world. Things have been kind of
crazy in my life but a good kind of crazy. I am the type of person that likes
to have a lot going on than the alternative nothing so it’s all good. My
husband and I are in the process of opening our fist business it’s exciting yet
scary at the same time. I cannot wait to show you all pictures at a later date.
Things are in shambles now with the new designs. I have been working like a
maniac on all the blog designs I have been doing over on my Etsy shop Blog MePretty. I love designing it’s like my therapy. When I am behind Photoshop it’s
like my head just clears.
I have a few new ventures that I have been dabbling
into such as the new food editor over at Jeddah Beauty as you all know I am also
the food editor of Saudi Life. When I get some more time I plan to also do some
work for Khaleejesue all of these are amazing sites that I truly believe in so
I hope you take a look and enjoy them as well. I have some more news of other endeavors
that I will share at a later date so watch out.
Yesterday evening my husband, son and I
went to grab some dinner at Najd Village a little traditional place we
sometimes eat at. We ordered the chicken badya which came with rice, jareesh
and goursan. They always have the best bread too. Its already crazy hot here in Riyadh but funny enough when your inside a mud house (like Najd Village) its so much cooler. 



I hope that each one of you all are having a great Summer as well. By the way I just noticed today that I am about to embark on 700 recipes, wow and thanks to all of you who have gave me the confidence to put all the work on this blog that I have for the past 5 years.