Monday, September 18, 2006

Mary Pickford's Chicken and Pineapple Salad

"If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."

Well, another sad and sorry singleton's Sunday for me, hanging around wondering if my beau is coming over then eating alone when it transpires that he is not. Still, I have to admit I enjoyed my aimless wanderings around Regent's Park and the St John's Wood district as I looked for some kind of adventure to remind myself I am attractive, sassy and not the only person in the world without a playmate...

In tribute to "g r e g g" who in an act of random kindness is helping Ruth and I with a technical blog problem, I cooked up a Canadian recipe. Mary Pickford, who was knows as America's Sweetheart and the most astute businesswoman of the silent film era was, in fact, a Canuck. G r e g g who we have only met through the interweb resides in Vancouver so I said I would make something in his honour and Mary's Chicken and Pineapple salad it was. And it was mighty fine I have to say. The secret is the cooked salad dressing - this sounds like a faff but is actually easy to do. I ate my salad on the roof of the STAR's flat which has amazing views across London. Landmarks within eyesight include St Paul's Cathedral, Regent's Park Mosque and the London Eye. I am always expecting to make new friends up there on the communal roof with its many tables and chairs but yesterday there was only me and an elderly woman with crazy red hair having a snooze in the sun with her mouth ajar.
Perhaps I should have offered her some salad and some company because let's face it, in a few years time with the way things are going that will be me...

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