Sunday, April 22, 2007

Spring Evening Barbecue

It is a gloriously warm spring here in Switzerland, at least for now; it snowed in May last year. So, for the moment we are taking full advantage of the gorgeous weather, spending every waking moment outside in the sun.
Last night we had South African friends over for a barbecue. Very simple, an assortment of sausages (spicy, mild, some with bärlauch, a garlic-flavored green that grows wild during this time of year), a huge Greek salad, chips for the kids and a yummy curried-potato salad that I made up for the occasion. Just an ordinary recipe with cooked potatoes that are then chopped into chunks, tossed with light mayo (I am not usually in favor of the light stuff, but the dressing in this is so strongly flavored by the curry powder, using less-then-stellar mayo was okay), chopped hard boiled eggs, chopped celery, a tablespoon or so of Dijon mustard, but then I added equal parts mild and hot curry powder and sea salt to taste. It turned out really delicious and spicy. I served it with a side of plain yogurt whizzed up with some fresh cilantro to cool it off, for those delicate of palate.
The kids all played until the point of collapse (it was then that I noticed the bottoms of their feet were stained green from running in the grass~ remember that from your kidhood days?), the beer was cold, the sausages hot and the salads tasty~ it was a fine evening.

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