At work I like to get to know my colleagues on a personal level. I find often when you see someone at work its hard to then think that they are a husband or a father or even that someone might love them who isn’t their mother! I always ask about families and relationship dynamics. Its easier to understand someone and how they work when you know more about them.
I work with a guy who has 6 kids, I find this incredibly intriguing, even more so England, where there is such little space! We have become friendly over the year of working on the same project and he thinks its hilarious that I call him ‘kitten’ and bake for his family, who are all gluten free. Ive made some amazing gluten free items and Ive also had a few fails but all because of working with him. I tend to take baked goods in to work on a Monday to start the week off on a sweet note, Im adorable, I know. It keeps me popular and colleagues as happy as they can be on a Monday.
As a thank you for all the baked goods Ive made over the months, he invited me round for a BBQ at his to meet the family. Exciting! However, any time I go anywhere, my inner American comes out and I can NEVER show up empty handed, EVER, it might as well be against the law. He did specifically tell me not to bring anything, at which I laughed and say ‘no really, thats not going to happen’. My dear Pinterest came to the rescue, followed by 2 days of baking and cooking. Another colleague joined us with his family, his wife is a veggie who eats fish and is trying a no processed sugar diet! As if making gluten free wasn’t exciting enough, now trying to come up with recipes that contain no processed sugar, oh sweet Jesus, where has all the fun gone?!?! However, Pinterest to the rescue and I had a few wins! Let me assure you its easier to be fat and have the processed white stuff! Oh sugar, how I love you!
Being a southern American means you can never show up to a picnic or a BBQ without deviled eggs and/or potato salad. I got caught up making everything else that I forgot to take pictures of the eggs process, but I vaguely followed this recipe. Once you go southern American potato salad, you never go back!
Southern Potato salad
Serves: 6 (easily) Prep time: 20mins Cook time: 20 mins Total time: 40mins
- 1 kilo or 4 large potatoes
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
- 1 celery stalks, diced
- 2 green onion stalks, diced
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 tbsp mustard
- 1 tbsp sweet pickle relish
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 200g bacon lardons
- 100g grated cheese (optional but worth it!)
- Salt and pepper to taste
(I doubled this recipe as I was cooking for 12 people!)
Now how to make this amazing stuff:
- First, peel and then boil the potatoes. In a separate pot (or in the same pot for at the last 10 mins – save yourself a pot!), boil the eggs. In a frying pan, go ahead and fry off your lardons. Drain them off on a paper towel (kitchen roll).
- Whilst potatoes and eggs are boiling, chop the celery and green onions, you can make them as thin or chunky as you like, I tend to go for a inbetween the two of thin and chunky.
- Whilst your potatoes and eggs are cooling off/down, its time to make the dressing! Mix together the vinegar, mayonnaise, mustard, relish, and sugar.
- Cut your eggs up and potatoes up and then add in the lardons and chopped celery and green onions(and cheese if using). Now to add on the dressing to make it saucy. Mix until everything is well combined and coated.
- Add in salt and pepper to taste.
This is the final product looks like this and let me assure it tastes fantastically better than it looks! I was trying to take pictures as I went but I was making three things at the same time and kind of forgot, focusing on the sweet stuff instead.
The potato salad was a hit with kids and adults a like and really it has bacon in, whats not to like?
Remember to share with friends and enjoy!