Charlie's Bird

living the dream with Charlie and Thandi and chirping all the way back to the nest.

A recipe and a birthday

Ok, so in keeping with my 2015 resolve, here is my first new recipe of the year, for a papaya, mozzarella and mint salad.


  • 1 small papaya, peeled and sliced into thinnish slices
  • 1 ball of buffalo mozzarella (or closest facsimile thereof)
  • handful of basil leaves
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 granadilla
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (in salads, I find using the best quality extra virgin makes a difference)
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint

Slice the papaya into thinnish slices, not so thin that they break up, tear the mozzarella up and scatter over the papaya, garnish with the ripped basil leaves. I probably used about a tablespoon of them. I could not find any radishes yesterday, so I used instead spring onions, thinly sliced, which seemed to work as well! Drizzle the granadilla pulp over the salad. Then make your dressing by mixing the vinegar, oil, mustard and mint together. Pour that over the salad and voila!

It made a delicious tasty and refreshing summer salad. I served it to friends who are quite expert in salads, and they loved it! For ease of making it scores 5 points!

Then today I celebrate 2 birthdays – today is TAFKAD’s birthday, she is having a significant birthday – the one where you turn 30 with 10 years experience! I am hoping she has a marvellous and day and am really bleak that I don’t get to celebrate with her! Oh well, we will always have Paris! And in other news, my friend, Charne who lost her precious baby Ethan in September, has been selected by a birthmom and will be blessed with the birth of a son today! What an auspicious day, what a year!


  MamaCat wrote @

That sounds like a delicious salad. Great news all round for your friends

  the aunty formerly known as donzil wrote @

so happy to share my birthday with new arrival babe!

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