Beach Cottage Vintage Mixing Bowls + Dell From Hell Update

Fri 22nd, Jan, 2010

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Are you interested in the Dell from Hell update?

Lemme tell you, the plot thickens (it involves, dare I say it, a nice man from DELL from HELL & what I was gonna post on the nightmare scenario from yesterday (you can read the Tweets on it here)
I’ve cut til I see what happens today.

At the moment though I am still amongst teenagers in the Family Room with BMX Tricks and Scooter Specials on the TV as the background

I will update you tomorrow, or tonight the goings-on of today.

But, less of that boring techno stuff and my whining and onto much nicer things, delicious, chunky old vintage things…

Before I start to tell you about the Hungarian vintage mixing bowl, which is actually Romanian *smile, I scored the other day on my treasure hunting trip with the bad timing, I have to just blog this little 14 yr old/7 yr old conversation over the dinner table.

I was in the bedroom busily minding my own business, while they were getting on with an early supper, when I heard this question…

7 yr old:  ”If you had a girlfriend, what would her name be?”

(how quickly did my ears prick up as Mr Teenage BC pretends not to care about this stuff)

14 yr old: “dunno”  (said in true teenage-boy style)

7 yr old: “You have one don’t you?”  (me straining ear around door to listen to answer)

14 yr old: “NO!!!!!”

7 yr old:  “nonchalantly “nah, nor do I” 

hahaha, I laughed to myself, rooted to the spot as I listened to this, firstly so very very male…a handful of words, little interaction on the surface but actually bundles of male bonding going on…secondly so very funny that the younger one was so totally in control…


So, lets get onto old mixing bowls then.  Do you know anything about these?   And are you as obsessed with them as I am?  Even when your baking is limited to a handful of recipes?

I now have a small collection.  A growing collection for sure.  I love them on the side on the open shelves in the kitchen.  They are kinda decorative and useful, shame I don’t personally use them much, though really I have to say that the last few years of teaching the kiddos the basis of what amounts to 5 baking recipes, has now meant that they are beginning to explore baking on their own.

Thanks be.  Cos I am not in any shape or form a baker.  And nor do I ever want to be.  Way too much preciseness going on in this department for me to be any good at it ;-)

So, it is with unbridled enthusiasm that I see those two younger Beach Cottage kiddos filling, mixing and stirring in these chunky old beauties.

…the other day, for breakfast, they informed me they were going to try their hands at pancakes…

Sheesh.  Visions of batter splattered all over the kitchen and me not only clearing it up but moaning while doing so, literally swam in front of my eyes.  

The Beach Cottage Witch got her broomstick all tuned up to fly in at clear up time. 

But, a while later, I pass-by the kitchen.  All is calm.  Two old vintage mixing bowls are on the side and more importanly, two perfect pancakes are on the hob.

And that is why, you see, I hunt out vintage mixing bowls.

To project an image of domestic bliss… ;-)

While in fact, they are working and I am reading the paper…

I will however, be using this tomorrow night, just to perpetrate the domestic bliss scenario further…

I will probably go for roast pork and roast potatoes, on the barbie, courgette bake & big salad and a few bits to pick at from the deli (friends of course bring the desert part)

I’m after a kinda impressive salad though, do you have any up your sleeve?  

note to lurkers:  interaction at this point required… comments, opinion and recipes very much appreciated at this Beach Cottage *wink *wink

But not an impressive salad that means work.  

Oh no, no, no.

I mean a salad that looks very much like you’ve spent hours pouring over cooking books (or would that be cookbooks lol), ages chopping up oh-so-unusual ingredients with a mezzaluna when really you’ve shoved ingredients on a platter, drizzled on a bit of oil and hoped for the best (a bit like this cottage really)…are they not the best recipes?  …the secret ones we women share, or sometimes, really WILL NOT share…c’mon…give it to me..

it’s gonna be a warm weekend…like a stinking hot one….we are hoping to go to a new-to-us beach that we ‘found’ that we’ve been driving past for the last 4 years almost daily…it’s nice and rustic, mmm

see ya

be good (oh and Monday I have a fabulous Makeover to show you…hint, see that frame up on the wall…it’s good…it’s *really really good *wink)


oh and if you comment you’ll be in for the Anthropolgie Giveaway from yesterday

*I’ll announce the Anthropologie Giftcard winner tomorrow*  thanks*


you can read about my baking escapades where I tried to be nice to the cake-loving Mr Beach Cottage here, a recipe to rival Origins, if you like standing in your kitchen mixing potions on old bowls here, and more pics of the kitchen here
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80 Responses to “Beach Cottage Vintage Mixing Bowls + Dell From Hell Update”

  1. Jackie says:

    Great post….so much bliss, lol.

    The bowl is great!! Good Score! Good luck with the Dell!


  2. lucy says:

    So glad to see I’m not the only one obsessed with old bowls!!:)

  3. Quinn says:

    Love the bowl! I recommend any salad that Giada makes.

  4. Ginny says:

    That bowl is amazing, love all the details. Wish I had a recipe to help you with but I cannot cook to save my life.

  5. Bella Casa says:

    I just love those big chunky bowls. I have an Italian design and it is huge. Someday I might actually use it, but a friend could get lost in it for days.


  6. Cathy says:

    Since it’s already tomorrow where you are, these recipes are probably too late for your dinner guests but they are really good and maybe you can use them another time.
    1 pkg. fresh spinach or 1 bunch cleaned
    1 basket strawberries – sliced
    1 red onion sliced very thin (odd combo but delicious)
    POPPY SEED dressing:
    1/2 cup mayonnaise (‘light’ if you want)
    2 tablespoons half & half or whole milk
    1/4 cup sugar
    2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
    2 tablespoons poppy seeds
    This is DELICIOUS and looks pretty too!
    PEAR salad
    Romain or iceberg lettuce
    toasted almonds or pecans
    crumbled feta cheese
    Toss with Gerards Champagne salad dressing
    (depending on what size salad you want determines the amount of lettuce, pears and nuts)
    I think the champagne dressing makes this salad!

  7. If I could have any bowl in the world, it would be yours ! Perfection in a bowl. I heart that design, that shape, that color. Sigh. Lucky girl.

  8. Katrina says:

    Howdy again, love the boys’ conversation! Haha… cute kids.

  9. Kat says:

    I love the bowl! Must be something in the air, I posted about a bowl today too!

    As far as salads go, I think anything with baby spinach, nuts, fresh fruit and a lovely dressing is perfection!

    Kat :)

  10. Carla says:

    Lovely post ……. (in spite of the Dell from Hell!). I have one of these bowls I lugged back with me from a trip to the uk (Im in OZ aswell) along with a couple of pieces of cornishware…..all from a charity shop and cheap as chips :o)

    I love them but never use them for more than decoration as they are very old and cracked etc, but they LOOK the part!

    This is prob no help in terms of salad in a bowl (I usually just tear up some salad leaves, throw in some slices of spanish onion, a few cherry tomatoes and chunks of avocado and anything else ive got floating around!)

    But I have a very easy but looks impressive caprese salad recipe …… Per serve you need one small ball fresh mozzarella which you slice into 4 slices, you insert these into 4 slits that you have made in a tomato and place a basil leaf in each slit too. then put them all on a beautiful serving plate (you must have LOADS) and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil (which you do just before serving). SOOO easy but looks amazing in a casual alfresco sort of way.

    Hope it helps :o)

  11. Jasmine says:


    That has to be my ultimate favourite recipe. It’s delicious and perfect for a Summer evening.

    PS. LOVE the bowl.

  12. fairmaiden says:

    Love the bowl, of course, it’s white! Here to give you a salad recipe…though those two above look great!

    Winter Spinach Salad
    6 c. baby spinach or mesculun mix
    (romaine, spinach and/or mesculun will work)
    1/3 c. dried cranberries or cherries
    1/4 c. walnuts or almonds
    1 Tbsp. parmesan cheese or
    1/3 c. crumbled goat cheese(optional)

    2Tbsp. olive oil
    2tsp. rice vinegar(or whatever vinegar you prefer)
    (use double if needed)

    Or Paul Newman’s Balsamic Vinegarette for easy peasy

    Don’t know if this will go with your meal but it is a favorite salad of mine…

    Chinese Cabbage Salad
    1 pk. shredded cabbage or 1/2 head of cabbage sliced thin
    1/4 c olive oil
    1/8 c. rice vinegar
    2tsp. soy sauce
    1tsp. sugar
    1pkg. ramen noodles
    1/4 c. sliced almonds
    2Tbsp. butter

    Crunch dried ramen noodles in bag till broken into tiny pieces. Brown noodles in butter with almonds till golden, set aside to cool.

    Mix olive oil, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar together with a wisk. Toss in shredded cabbage until good and coated. Toss in crumbled toasty crunchy noodle/nuts. Enjoy! This can also be a meal with sliced grilled chicken breast tossed in. Yum!

  13. Alyson says:

    Oh I know just the salad: Nigella’s Moonblush tomatoes (cherry tomatoes dried out in the oven overnight – so it won’t heat the kitchen up), then drop them over a bag of salad leaves from the shop, and crumble up some cheese (goats, fetta, what have you) and drizzle a little oil from the tomatoes mixed with lemon juice or balsamic and a pinch of mixed herbs. Easy peasy!

  14. Lori says:

    One of my favorite easy salads: torn romaine lettuce, chopped avocado, a little thinly sliced red onion, red grapefruit sections, tossed with italian dressing. Fabulous! Love your mixing bowl. I am a sucker for them too!

  15. Marsha says:

    Great Bowl – I love em too! My family likes a good old romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber salad…I toss in dried cranberries and maybe some feta cheese to pretty it up.

    Course, it’s all in the dressing – have you tried Briannas Blush Wine Vinaigrette Dressing – its the one with the huge strawberry on the label.

    So delicious – hope you try it -


  16. tbliss says:

    Great find on the white bowl..how fun.Don’t have a recipe but enjoyed looking at everyone elses,,hehe.I might have to get one of my white bowls out and try the chinese cabbage salad.From my bliss to yours have a happy weekend. :-)

  17. Carmen says:

    Cute bowl!! I love this recipe and have made it often. I do pecans instead of almonds and I add blue cheese crumbles:


  18. Angie says:

    Salad – try this from Nigella http://www.nigella.com/recipe/recipe_detail.aspx?rid=288
    Bowl – great for making bread. To rise in a warm place place bowl covered with cloth in your car, but not if you are getting the HOT weather in OZ.
    Good luck with Dell.

  19. Lyndsay says:

    I’m a long time lurker (sorry!), and I don’t have any recipes, but that cute conversation between your boys was just too adorable not to comment! Aww!

  20. Hi sarah….love the OLD bowl…jee wiz..I think my mum has a few of these tucked away in her ever ending stash OF STUFF & MORE STUFF…!!!
    shall ask her later on..

    HEY boys can make great cooks!! son in qld cooks AWESOME food for himself every night!! I ring him just to see what he is cookin….
    last night was ..fresh salmon…gently pan fried with roasted tomatoes..spinach leaves …topped with some dressing he made..& something else…
    AND I always laugh AS everything he cooks is ALWAYS ON A “BED” of something!!

    soo cute for a nearly 23 yo…HE LUVES COOKIN!!
    got that from his “gap” year living in THE OLD DART!!

    my hubby is a great cook & he ALWAYS SAYS the simpler the salads…not too much stuff..are the best..
    so usually some cos lettuce leaves?? or similar..

    lovely fragrant tomatoes…(KOMATOES are THE BEST flavour)…RICH RED ONES…YUMMO!!!

    maybe little red/spanish onion or salad onion..

    steamed beans? or a few asparagus spears…or steamed broccolini…

    sprinkled with some bits of FETTA ….

    some salad dressing…I have a great LEMON MYRTLE one i buy…it is delicious…

    & VOILA….that is us done for a SIMPLE/YUMMY/EASY/HEALTHY salad…

    xx andrea

  21. Jennifer says:

    That bowl is gorgeous, what a great find. Hope you find the perfect salad.

  22. Kirsten says:

    Yum! That strawberry spinach salad looks so delightful.
    Its all about differnt ingredients your not expecting.
    I make a cranberry and apple salad, which is literally just mixed leaves, cranberries and apple oh and some walnuts too. So easy and very yummy with a little balsamic drizzled on top.
    Hope you go ahead and make something a little better than that though.
    And the bowl is gorgeous.

  23. Angie says:

    I just love the bowl. It would be great to even serve your salad in.
    I like http://www.taste.com.au. You can find any recipe you like and they are usually really simple.
    I love childrens conversations as well. I was lucky enough to hear one of my own the other day between my 7yr daughter and her 6yr friend(male). She asked who are you going to marry. He replied with “My bestest girlfriend. I have a few.”

  24. pendy says:

    Oh, and I forgot to say…I have an obsession with chunky, crocky mixing bowls, too. I keep them handy and use them for everything!

  25. Blythe says:

    Thai beef & noodle salad, mmm! Just BBQ a steak, rip up some iceberg lettuce, cut chunks of tomato, thin slivers of cucumber, radish and red onion. Toss in some thin rice noodles, mint and coriander leaves. Then make a dressing – fish sauce, lime juice, sugar dissolved in water, chopped mint & coriander leaves. Delicious and fresh!

  26. *Alex* says:

    Fantastic vintage bowl! Love it!

    Don’t know if your a fan but you could do a wedge salad, it’s super easy and presentation wise looks phenomenal. Just get a head of Iceberg lettuce (wash it thoroughly). Cut in half. Place flat side down on platter, round side up. Cut small triangle out of round side (but cut in deep enough to get a thick layered piece). Drizzle bleu cheese dressing into triangular hole in lettuce until it overflows slightly down the sides of lettuce. Sprinkle bleu cheese crumbles, crumbled bacon, walnuts or pecans, and halved cherry tomatoes on/around lettuce. Skewer a couple sliced cherry tom. halfs and the small triangular piece of lettuce and stick skewer into lettuce halves. Serve. Super simple but it looks great.

    I personally don’t enjoy bleu cheese so I substitute for a gruyere or brie with a homemade dijon vinaigrette but my friends and family love the bleu cheese recipe. Hope that helps!

  27. Jenni says:

    Hi there!

    I’ve only just found your blog I love reading blogs that are based in the same country as me! I’ve really enjoyed reading and seeing what you have done with your beach cottage it looks very lovely and inviting!

    I thought I would share a salad that my boyfriend likes to make for us. I don’t make it so will do my best to remember what is in it, but it is fresh and summery.

    Mixed greens or baby spinach leaves
    Oranges – peeled, sliced and cut up
    Mango – sliced or diced
    Spanish onion thiny sliced
    fetta cheese (we tend to like the goats fetta)
    proscuitto thinly sliced
    Olive oil
    Mix it all up! You can probably put some sort of nuts in but Mr is allergic so we don’t have nuts in communal dishes. :)
    Balsamic or red wine vinegar could be an option too!
    Tomato if you like as well.

  28. Lyn says:

    Oh I love those bowls but never seem to come across them up here..oh well… as for the recipes sorry am not a baker or cook in any shape or form…. a salad to me is a bunch of lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, hard boiled eggs, cheese & whatever else I can grab outta the fridge…

    Lyn xxx

  29. Alison Gibbs says:

    Ooooh how fabulous that bowl will look filled with Cathy’s yummy Strawberry Spinach Salad. It sounds so yummy.
    Loving the boys conversation – such fun for a Mum to listen in on

  30. Victoria says:

    Absolutely love the bowl! I have two smaller white bowls, but nothing that size…yet. :)
    A great sald that I get asked to bring all the time is from a local Florida restaurant called the Columbian Restaurant. It is very easy and the garlic keeps them coming back for more. So, from my beach to yours:

    Salad Ingredients

    1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
    2 ripe tomatoes, cut in eighths
    ½ cup Swiss cheese, cut in julienne strips
    ½ cup ham, cut in julienne strips (or turkey or shrimp)
    ¼ cup green Spanish olives, pitted
    2 teaspoons grated Romano cheese

    Salad Dressing Ingredients

    1/8 cup white wine vinegar
    ½ cup extra-virgin Spanish olive oil
    2-4 garlic cloves, minced
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 teaspoon oregano
    2 teaspoons lemon juice


    Toss together all salad ingredients in a bowl, except Romano Cheese.

    Mix garlic, oregano, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Beat until smooth with a wire whisk. Add olive oil, gradually beating to form an emulsion. Stir in vinegar and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

    Add dressing to salad and toss well. Add Romano Cheese and toss one more time.

  31. Tiff says:

    I was going to post exactly the same recipe for that Strawberry Spinach Salad! It is so yummy.
    Then I was going to suggest a bocconcini, basil & cherry tomato platter, drizzled with balsamic vinegar & olive oil . . . but that was suggested too!
    Either of those (or both) & you’ll be set.
    And if you don’t use those gorgeous old bowls for baking, serve your salads in them!

  32. As a mother of three girls, 14, 10 and 7, I find the “goings on” of male bonding to be particularly enlightening. Thanks for the fun snippet between bowl fest posting.

  33. Robyn says:

    I’m delurking! I love the mixing bowls – so much prettier than what I’m using, maybe I’ll have to hunt some down…

  34. Patricia says:

    Ooooh love the bowl. Yours is white/off white.
    I have had one for years and years, it is quite a large one though. I am not keen on the colour of mine it is a light beigey/tan colour.
    I absolutlely love love it in white.

    Pkt pre-washed spinach/rocket
    button mushrooms thinly sliced
    cherry tomatoes cut in half
    red capsicum very thinly sliced
    1/2 red onion thinly sliced
    pine nuts toasted (sprinkle into saucepan NO OIL
    (and toast slowly on LOW
    (till golden)
    sprinkle with dried basil
    Mix a good slurp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and small amount of good balsamic vinegar together

    If feeling extra fancy, put in some chopped feta.

    Bye for now :)

  35. Patricia says:

    ooops!!! sorry, forgot to add to the above recipe, add diced avacado:

  36. Judy says:

    Hi Sarah
    Love the bowl! I have the same sort of one in the beigey colour as well as another poster.
    Don’t have any suggestions for the type of salad but I sometimes just do the mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, avo, etc, but instead of putting it in a bowl, I serve it on a square or rectangular white dish, and I find that specials it up a bit
    Good luck with whatever you make
    Report please :)

  37. Jenn says:

    LOVE that bowl, I’ve never seen one like that and now I’m horribly jealous!! Apparently I need to pick up thrifting half way across the globe ;)

    Broccoli salad is always yummy and fairly effortless http://www.easysaladrecipes.com/broccolisaladrecipe.html or a grape salad (not the kind with sour cream/cream cheese/etc…) but one with grapes, lettuce, bacon, onions, broccoli, and bits and bobs like that, I had a fab recipe w/ the dressing but I can’t find it. It sounds gross but it’s SO so good.

  38. Patricia says:

    Yes I am here again. I am having this at the moment and have rushed in to tell you this one.
    Mmmmm feel a bit lazy telling you this one, but hey thats OK. I have left a recipe above, but if you feel super lazy, go to Safeway and buy in the packet in the salad section, their Rainbow Salad.
    It is julienned/shredded broccoli stem, carrot, beetroot. Pour over a mixture of french dressing and mayonaisse. (always check the date on these salads, the later the better)
    Having that at the moment with steak. It is crisp and beautiful

  39. Donna says:

    Love your blog and have been a “lurker” for a while. Your blog is a nice escape after a day at work and an hour drive home on a Southern California freeway. The salad recipes above sound great. I like to just slice a garlic glove and rub the cut side around the inside of the salad bowl before adding the salad and tossing…very subtle and adds a nice additional layer to an already good salad. Really! Try it! :)

  40. Beautiful bowl. I usually don’t do any mixing in them, I use them for salads! And I don’t do salad recipes, I just throw something in there that says salad to me and that I have on hand. And then mix some pineseeds or nuts in there, to make it look all sophisticated.

  41. Frau Mayer says:

    Right, if you’re asking me.
    Take 1 kg Sauerkrat, decorate with several Würstchen. Ready!
    Just kidding :)
    My favorite is rocket + goat cheese + pears + cherry tomatoes + warm nuts (pecans + walnuts are the best). Good vinegar/a bit of oil as a dressing and you can pretend you’re French!
    Greetings, greetings, you’ve been so successful at stopping me from lurking here, you smart Australian housewife!

  42. Floss says:

    Hi Sarah, I was just telling my husband about your Dell from hell and he said, ‘You know my work computer that died last month after only 6 months? That was a Dell…’ So they’re going wrong all over the world. My salads are healthy but not impressive – sorry!

  43. lululiz says:

    Ahh yes, those mixing bowls, I have a stack of those as well, and love using them. Somehow they make cooking and baking that much more fun. Perhaps because they evoke images and feelings of times gone by when life was less hectic.

  44. Lorraine says:

    You mean they really didn’t make a mess??? There wasn’t half a dozen bowls, spoons, mixing utensils, frying pans, jugs etc… used and lying all over the kitchen?? I am impressed!

    As to salads, I’m just a throw it all intogether and hope for the best type of person ;-)

    Hope you have a lovely weekend Sarah.

  45. Su says:

    No really special recipe to share I just throw baby leaves & basil, baby toms, diced cucumber, spring onions, sweet red peppers and feta into a bowl, drizzle a mix of blackcurrent oil and balsamic vinegar and bobs your uncle – never had any complaints and there is never any left!

    The new bowl is handsome BTW!

  46. Okay, this post made me smile.

    Love the bowl too.

  47. carolyn says:

    No recipes to share but I do love the bowl. I have a set of vintage green pyrex bowls that I cherish and my family knows they have to use them with care (no dishwasher).

  48. Melissa says:

    Fairmaiden gave you the cabbage salad recipe I have. How funny. I love that and could eat it for breakfast! Love the bowl. I hope the Dell thingy works out finally.

  49. Shar Yates says:

    Love the bowl, I am going to look for one. Meanwhile, my fave recipe for salad was posted–strawberry, spinach, feta, etc. But, here is a tip: if you can find Emeril’s Balsamic Vinegar dressing, it is the next best thing to home made and of course, so easy! pour it in a cute little bottle and they will think you made it!

  50. Kim Uccellini says:

    Good morning from Connecticut, USA! I am turning 30 this year, hubby and are are both looking for careers we don’t hate, and a beach house!

    I just found your blog about three days ago. It is EYE CANDY!!! I love your aesthetic!!!

    Alas, I am not a chef, my husband cooks all of our meals. Good luck!

    Loved the convo b/t your kids!


  51. picklefork3 says:

    You can’t go wrong with Cathy’s spinach salad it’s a old stand by and very showy. Love the bowl and the photography – love how the 1st photo seems over exposed (not sure how to explain) yet soft!

  52. Katie says:

    Craisins, spinach leaves, buttery croutons, finely grated mozzerella cheese, cherry tomatoes, and rasberry walnut vinegerette. Maybe also honey roasted peanuts. People are always sceptical but they love it when they eat it.

  53. Alison says:

    I just love these old bowls, they are so pretty.

  54. Lacey says:

    Hi! Normally I lurk, but I thought you might like this recipe from Pioneer Woman: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/03/my_most_favorite_salad_ever_ever_ever_ever/ Mmmmmmm!

  55. megs says:

    (Your kids are so cute!)

  56. bj says:

    Love old bowls, too.

    I also love it when I hear a couple of grandson brothers bonding ….3 years difference can absolutely mean the world, tho!!

  57. Trista says:

    My favorite easy salad…I don’t have any measurements. I ate it at a friends house and just recreated it the best I could.

    Leafy lettuce
    Pears out of a can and quartered
    Chopped Walnuts
    Swiss Cheese (she cut it into little slivers)
    Poppy Seed dressing (Kraft makes a great dressing, but there is also a recipe up there ^^ too.)

  58. Donna says:

    Love those bowls!! I too am obsessed with old crockery bowls. They are so beautiful and very useful! Great pics.

  59. The Lady says:

    My mom and us girls (3 of us) all have an obsession with crock type mixing bowls. We loooove them! We have a lot of them… We are addicted! My mom also collects the red wing numbered crocks. Love the conversation between your boys and as for a recipe – I love cabbage apple slaw… Apples always go good with pork. So you get a cabbage slaw salad bag, mix in 2 apple (diced, 1/4 c chopped onion, and use then a poppy seed dressing. Devine! & Good luck – Let us know what you fix up!

  60. kathi says:

    ooh love that bowl. would love to make my homemade bread in it!
    i’m going to send you an email…i have 3 really good salad recipes for you.

  61. jane says:

    wow! this is the coolest thing: you ask for recipes and i get to see them! cathy listed some salads that follow the idea i use, which is to add fruit to the salad. the sweet compliments the tang of the lemon/vinegar element. my sister taught me this. i use pear or apple or dried cranberries. yum! and any other trad. ingredient. i don’t use tomatoes much in a “green salad” (like nigella!) but you cannot go wrong with caprese salad.
    re: teen bonding. i loved those moments i got to hear or see. now they provide great memories and fun conversations with the principals.
    the bowl is really pretty. how great the younger bc crew avail themselves of what you have. they see function over form. when mine do that it helps me remember to use what i have, not “save” it.
    (and i need that reminder, i’m not saying you do) can you share how you do roast pork (fave!!) and potatoes on the barbie? i’m kinda afraid of my grill. jkj

  62. KIMBERLY HOLLY says:

    I love the bowl,however I am also lusting over that pitcher!

  63. Cottage Gal says:

    I just now found your blog. I love it & I’ve added it to my blog roll! Your cottage is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your cottage adventures.

  64. Vicki K. says:

    What a gorgeous bowl! Don’t forget that you can actually Use your bowl by displaying limes or lemons casually on the table too…(bowls are not just for baking anymore should be an expression like our “chocolate is not just for breakfast anymore).

    I really like simple good ingredient salads that have one or two fun ingredients. Start with your choice of greens and small chopped up celery and cucumbers, and then either strawberries Or sundried tomatoes, and maybe artichoke hearts. Pine nuts or sunflower seeds optional.

    With a light vinaigrette dressing. Yum. You are pulling me out of my winter comfort food mode.

  65. hi Vicki 

    hadnt thought of that, thanks, I will give limes a go i think

    a lot have suggested the strawberries, i am trying that as i havent had strawberries in a salad before 

    thanks for poppin by   sarahx

  66. Deborah says:

    Oh I love that vintage bowl!

    To avoid hell from Dell do what I did and buy a Mac!

  67. Apple says:

    Sigh–the bowl is lovely. I don’t find much luck in these parts. I love some of the recipes posted: spinach, walnuts, feta and apples is always a favorite combination of mine, with a little balsamic vinegar dressing or something else slightly tangy–yummy!

  68. ts. says:

    hello from the usa. here i am {posting} again…always love peeking in ‘a beach cottage’. as for cooking/baking….try a recipe from a ‘barefoot contessa’ cookbook. simple, elegant, casual, delicious! {ps. my wardrobe is crying out for that anthro. card….”we need you….help…please….”}

  69. Kim Michael says:

    Good Day~ Not just an Amazing Bowl but a White Amazing Large Bowl. What a find! With a lil texture on it as well.

    All of the Salads sound yummy! I even wrote some down for myself.Thanks Lady’s~

    When it’s hot and I know how hot it gets there, a simple cool salad is refreshing~ Cucumbers peeled diced I like english cucs~ tomatoes diced~ cilantro chopped~ Lemon juice a lil salt & Pepper and there you go.Low Cal as well.

    Cute lil Man to Man talk between brothers~How special.

    Enjoy your day~Kim

  70. I’m way behind, for this post, Sarah!

    I love the above mentione winter spinach salad. Yummilicious.

    I have a small collection of old bowls and a few new ones made to look like the old ones. Very useful and beautiful to look at. Yours is lovely.

  71. I just found your blog the other day and your style is oh so cute!!
    Here’s a great, easy salad recipe that looks like it came straight from a fancy pants restaurant :)

    Pears (one for each guest)
    candied walnuts or almonds
    feta or gorgonzola cheese
    balsamic vinaigrette (I’ve used raspberry balsamic too)

    Slice the pear into 3 pieces horizontally. Core and discard center. In a mixing bowl, add spinach, nuts, feta and salad dressing and toss. Stuff salad in between the layers of pears and plate. You may need to use toothpics to ensure it doesn’t topple over. Drizzle honey over the top and serve!

    Enjoy! :)

  72. No salad up my sleeve…….. it makes too much of a mess of my jumper……..

    “Jumper…….?”…… “Jumper…..?” says Ms Beach Cottage……… “Do I remember being cold enough to wear a jumper… hmmmmm?”

    Dells smell….. and that’s a fact!

    Love the beautiful, peaceful colours of your blog.


  73. Ok, I know you asked for salad, but if that should fail this wont!Its a capsicum pesto for fresh steamed green beans and its soooo simple. I add chunky cut, just browned mushrooms to the dish too. Will go with your baked potatoes beautifully.

    2 large red capsicum, quartered and roasted
    3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    2 clove garlic
    2/3 cup fresh basil leaves
    1/4 cup olive oil

    Blend or process the first 4 ingrediants until they are finely chopped then gradually pour in oil and process until combined. Stir it into your choice of veg. Works well with italian or green beans, mushrooms or asparagus. Fresh of course.
    serves 6 – 8

    Trust me your guests will say,”Sarah, that pesto is just divine!”

    have a great night…

  74. Rose says:

    This is my first time reading your blog…made my way here through another friend’s blog. I’ve already added your blog to my blog reader…love your decor and style.
    Looking forward to more!

  75. Jo says:

    Love the bowl – I have a vast collection of mixing bowls. Can’t get enough of em.
    I have a secret family recipe for the best salad ever. I’ll email it to you on the condition you don’t share it with anyone!
    Jo xx

  76. desiree says:

    Love the bowls–but I have to say I loved the conversation you were listening to the best! As a mom to 4 boys (all currently living at home) ranging from 15 to 22–I love those moments. Seriously priceless!

  77. Molly says:

    Love the bowls! That post made me laugh :)

  78. Drea, Mom says:

    I know I am late on the salad thing but I just love salads. As a general rule, here is a basic salad:

    -Lettuce-Romaine, Boston (butter) or spinach (Spinach annd romaine are the most nutritious. I don’t think the butter lettuce has much nutritional value but it looks fantastic.)
    -Fruit-Mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi
    -Nuts-Walnuts, almonds, or candied pecans
    -Vegetables-Red onion, slivers of carrots

    Now I don’t put all of those in one but here is one that looks fancy but isn’t. This is what I’d recommend for tonight:

    Get some romaine lettuce and butter lettuce (Boston). The butter lettuce has a curly look about it and when you cut it up and mix it with the romaine lettuce, it looks really fancy, like a very expensive salad. Next, slice up some strawberries and kiwi. You’ll peel the kiwi then slice it and put it on top. The red and green look amazing together! Next add the slivered almonds. You can buy them like that or buy the ones in a bag that have some seasoning to them like the “Almond Accents”. They are very flavorful and nice for this kind of thing. Offer a poppy seed dressing on the side-you can buy it or make it and that’s it!

    Other variations would be: spinach salad (all spinach), strawberries and kiwi plus walnuts. I like to serve a salad with two kinds of fruit since it really adds to the color and that is what looks visually pleasing.

    Spinach or romaine lettuce salad with mandarin oranges and walnuts.

    Romaine and butter lettuce with green apples and strawberries, plus nuts.

    Spinach or romaine lettuce salad with strawberries and blueberries plus candied pecans. (Candied pecans are nothing more than pecans cooked on the stovetop with butter and sugar. Once the butter is melted and the sugar has mixed with it, add the pecans and cook. Once cooked, place on a cookie sheet to cool. Once hardened, then add to salad. Easy to make. High in calories but a nice touch for dinner and easy to make. You can find the recipe almost anywhere.)

    So the basic formula stays the same: greens (romaine lettuce, butter lettuce or spinach), fruit (strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, apples, mandarin oranges) and nuts.

    Good luck!

  79. HeidiRenee says:

    okay – delurking for salad emergency :D

    If it doesn’t have to be a green salad this is my fav quick and easy drizzly one:


    and if it does have to be green you can trust any recipe you find on her site – she is incredible!

    oh – and here is one of my own recipes to use that amazing mixing bowl of yours – easy peasy tea biscuits (I use splenda for diabetic son – original recipe uses sugar) – they are so yummy!: