“Elizabeth, we’re going to eat circles for supper tonight.”
“Yes. We’re going to eat circles.”
[Not just “yay!” — she actually says, “Hurray!” on a somewhat regular basis, and she means it. Likely she picked it up from watching Kipper, where the characters exclaim such things to each other frequently. (They call him Kipper, Kipper the dog. The dog with the slipper? That’s Kipper, Kipper the Dog — jazzy little theme song, Grampa and I find ourselves humming it)]
Anyway, after patiently waiting for about a hundred years, Parade’s End (starring Benedict Cumberbatch) was finally available through Netflix, and it arrived yesterday. My dear husband (the aforementioned Grampa) lovingly made the sacrifice of bringing that in at my behest, in lieu of something he would prefer. He did not, however, feel inclined to make the additional sacrifice of actually watching it with me. (He’s not a big fan of Benadryl Crumblesnacks…Broccoli Chowderpants…my beloved amuses me repeatedly by deliberately never getting the name of my favorite actor correct). However, our daughter had expressed interest, so last evening I trekked the 3 miles or so between our homes, with movie, Blu-ray player and necessary accouterments, and my dad’s old Tupperware lunchbox filled with Circle Salad. (Recipe below)
Parade’s End took some effort to follow, at the beginning, but before the end of the first episode, we were invested in the characters enough to be properly indignant on behalf of those being wronged. We’re looking forward to when we can get the second disc and watch the last two episodes.
So, on to the food. The idea for Circle Salad occurred to me when I came across the idea of hot dog salad, and remembered I had some wagon wheel pasta in the cupboard. I adjusted the recipe so that all ingredients (aside from the dressing, of course) would be (mostly) round and (vaguely) circular if cut correctly. I wanted to make it as a surprise for my granddaughter, because she’s been learning shapes (along with colors and letters and animals….) And serendipitously, I discovered that all the ingredients I used were ones Elizabeth already liked. She’s not a fussy eater, really, but she happily gobbled up her bowl of Circles like nobody’s business, telling me it was “So Good, Gwamma” and “Yum-Yum!”
Circle Salad Recipe
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 cup sweet pickles, sliced into thin rounds
1/4 cup black olives, sliced into rounds
5 hot dogs, grilled or pan-fried, sliced between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick (your preference)
6 ounces wagon wheel shaped pasta
3 green onions (scallions) sliced about 1/4 inch thick
Combine dressing ingredients thoroughly. Stir in olives and pickles. Combine hot dogs, pasta and green onions in large bowl. Pour dressing over and mix gently but thoroughly with large spoon. Cover bowl (or transfer to storage container) and chill at least one hour before serving.
CAUTION: Know your child — very young children may choke on large chunks of solid food, such as sliced hot dogs, especially if they don’t have the teeth for proper chewing yet. Use your brain and cut the pieces smaller, according to the needs of the child.