Curry Cashew Chicken Salad

So yummy! A great variation to basic chicken salad.currychixsalad2


  • 2 cups cooked and diced chicken
  • 3 stalks celery
  • Handful of frozen peas (optional)
  • Handful of cashews, chopped (toasted, optional)
  • Handful of raisins, chopped dates and/or grapes


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed


  • Toss salad ingredients in a large bowl
  • Whisk dressing ingredients in a separate bowl
  • Toss salad with dressing
  • Serve warm or chilledcurrychixsalad1dit-elle-Esther

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Easy Bento Box Fillers

Cooking in Sens


I think the best fillers I’ve ever tasted in bento boxes were Japanese; flavors and colors complimenting each other.  However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have an attractive, appetizing box using whatever you normally eat or have on hand.  Chicken wings are so bento box friendly!

Parmesan Chicken Wings

1 1/2 lb chicken wings, seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1/2 -3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Mix the mayonnaise and mustard together in a bowl, then stir in the chicken wings, coat with the cheese and bake at 400 F for 20 minutes, turn and bake for another 15 minutes.


We really like tuna salad and this time I mixed in some canned salmon.

Tuna and Salmon Salad

1 1/2 cups albacore solid tuna

3/4 cups canned salmon

2 scallions, thinly sliced

2 hard boiled eggs, chopped

1/3 cup mayonnaise or…

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How to poach an egg to perfection

Chef in disguise

How to poach eggs perfectly

The perfect poached egg. Tender whites around a warm liquid yolk that oozes out like liquid gold when you cut into it. Place it on top of a salad and it turns into a meal. Place it on top of your favorite vegetables and you have brunch. Layer an English muffin with smoked cheese, roast beef and a poached egg and you have a fancy breakfast to rival that served in hotels and restaurants.

If you have never poached an egg before and you are intimidated by it, don’t be. It is much easier than you think. There are just a couple of “secrets” to learn and you will get perfect  poached eggs every single time.

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