Tuesday, April 15

New Potato Salad with Salmon and Eggs

New Potatoes are just so awesome right now....salads all the way!
Hello Spring.

for the dressing:
10 tbsp fat free salad dressing
1 level tbsp. dried mustard
2 tbsp finely chopped dill
Juice of 1 orange
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
for the salad:
600g small new potatoes
200g green beans, trimmed
6 eggs
200g watercress
600g hot-smoked salmon, skinned and flaked into large chunks
8 spring onions, thinly sliced
400g red cherry tomatoes, halved
1 punnet mustard and cress
+ anything saladlike
1. Make the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together in a bowl. Season to taste and set aside.
2. Cook the potatoes in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water
for 15-20 minutes or until just tender. Drain, cool slightly, then halve.
3. While the potatoes are cooking, blanch the green beans in plenty of boiling water for 4-5 minutes until cooked but still with a slight crunch. Drain, refresh in iced water, then drain again.
4. Cook the eggs in a saucepan of boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Drain, cool under cold running water, then peel.
5. Arrange the watercress on a large platter and top with the potatoes, green beans, salmon, spring onions, eggs and tomatoes. Scatter over the mustard and cress and drizzle over the dressing. Toss gently to mix well before serving.
With the change in climate, the egg laying production increase and happy days ahead this is going to be the regular recipe, be it adapted henceforth!
Let the good times roll!
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Friday, April 11

Timing,chance or destiny.

We knew we would have to start the long process of a new sister for Bing as he's never been on his own.....we expected it to take a while to find just the right one......so I rang Val Seymour of East Pastures Boarding Kennels....who happens... to breed German Shepherds.......and guess what!
Sadie, 3 years old - adores Bing and Bing adores her!  She is wonderful and the house is back to normal! (Hmmmm well normal by the Nesbitt standards!) Bing has been fantastic - he is such a lovely boy and it is all down to our lovely devoted Elsie and Freida, RIP you lovely girls.


Wednesday, April 9

My Devoted Freida

Freida had not been well for a couple of weeks. Over the weekend she began to fail and was obviously unwell. We took her to the vets yesterday where she was scanned. Her temperature was extremely high so she was given a strong anti-biotic and we brought her home. No appetite despite a dish of cat food which the dogs normally love. I took her in this morning for another scan and had to leave her so the vet could give her a good examination. The vet phoned me at lunch time to say the scan had shown a tumour and Freida's spleen would have to be removed. There was evidence it was on her kidneys too. There were options - 1. Operate and find the extent of the tumour. 2. Medication to ease the pain but leave the tumour to grow. Concerns - anaesthetic with Freida being old the vet was concerned about this as with a blood supply issues......Freida was asleep when the vet was talking to me, asleep and peaceful. "Let her go.... she is at peace."

Responsible pet ownership is hard - but when it comes to such moments the pet must come first.
In her time with us Freida was devoted and faithful and had a great role in bringing up Bing. We will see this in the years to come.

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