Lazy Daisy Salad

From the Better Hostess Series Hors d’Oeuvres & Appetizers

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Is it a cake? Is it a salad? Is it big pile of vegetables covered in craploads of mayonnaise? If you answered with the latter, congratulations. You’re getting the hang of this retro food thing.

The questions don’t stop there, however. What I would like to know is: why do so many retro recipes call for leftover vegetables? Who has leftover vegetables? Why would you keep leftover vegetables? They’re vegetables people. And considering they were probably using frozen or tinned kind, surely they’d only take a few minutes to make.

I guess you’d need them on the off chance someone might pop around and say: “Betty, you know, this Kiwi Café is simply divine! But do you know what I could really go for? Some Lazy Daisy Salad!”

“Well Dot, you’re in luck!” you could then reply. “I just happen to have all these leftover cooked vegetables in the fridge. Just give me a moment and I’ll whip one up”

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To make a lazy daisy salad, you simply have to assemble your leftover vegetables and cover with “thick basic” mayonnaise.

But how much Mayonnaise?

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Think we’re going need some more….

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Surely not more!?

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In the end it took 2 x 800g jars of mayonnaise to get it looking right, which is a whopping 11584 calories.  How the women of this era stayed so thin after eating that much mayonnaise is a complete and utter mystery.*

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Although we can all agree it looked incredible, there were mixed feelings about Lazy Daisy. Alister didn’t even want to try it but figured if Finn could eat Banana Candle, then he would have to give it a go. Bridget was most disturbed by it and felt that it should only be fed to patients with no teeth. In the end, we all basically decided it tasted like mayonnaise with chunks in it.

“Lazy Daisy Salad for lazy days!” proclaims the recipe.  But one has to wonder, if you’re too lazy to do more than dump mayonnaise on top of leftovers, could you be bothered cutting egg whites into flower shapes or driving all over town to find real fresh daisies? I guess this is just another case for the unsolved retro food files.

*What am I saying? Do I have amnesia? Have I seriously already forgotten about Prawns in a Mould or Salmon Mousse? It’s a bloody miracle they all weren’t all bulimic! And no wonder they all chain smoked; I too would have done anything to disguise the unspeakable taste of my own cooking.

10 thoughts on “Lazy Daisy Salad

  1. Your blog is GENIUS. Mayonnaise and savory jellied foods are two of my least favorite things ever, and I am amazed you actually sample the food you make. One of my scariest food memories (or traumas if you will) occurred when I was about 8 years old attending a church pot luck. I took a huge slice of what appeared to be whipped cream topped raspberry bars. Nope. Someone had obviously consulted a Bad Jelly-esque recipe book and served a savory mayonnaise based sauce on top of unsweetened raspberry puree. It was….awful.

  2. I just discovered your blog and I had to tell you I couldn’t get through this last post without tears of laughter streaming down my face!! Can’t wait to see what other hilarious recipes you’ve tried.

  3. I love this post. I think the idea of reusing veggies left over from the previous meal is great. But I don’t think a pile of mayo would fly with my family nor do I think it constitutes a salad. lovely photos though and I love the cheeky style of your blog. Makes me want to write one myself.

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