Warm Balsamic Potato Salad; broken coffee mugs and a wee rant

This is a simple salad, slightly reminiscent of old-fashioned German Potato Salad.

Normally, when I make potato salad, or any kind of ‘picnic’ salad, I make lots so we have leftovers for a few days.

You could certainly do that with this recipe – double or triple or whatever, but I was just looking for an easy side dish.

It was excellent warm and most likely equally good cold…..

I can’t say for certain as we ate it all.

Warm Balsamic Potato Salad

Total time: 25 minutes


  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into quarters the long way, then sliced
  • 1/3 cup celery,  chopped, app. 1 rib
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped, app 1 small or 1/2 large
  • 2oz (60gr) bacon, chopped
  • 1 tbs fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tbs fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs Balsamic vinegar

Warm Balsamic Potato Salad


  • Heat a medium saucepan half full of water over medium high heat.
  • When water is boiling, add potatoes, partially cover and cook just until tender when pierced with a sharp knife, 10 – 12 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and drain.
  • Heat olive oil in a medium skillet
  • Add bacon and fry until crisp.
  • Part way through frying bacon add onions and celery.
  • When onions are tender and bacon is crisp remove from heat and add Balsamic vinegar.
  • Add potatoes and stir well to combine.
  • Put potato salad into a bowl, add fresh herbs, stir and serve.

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We’ve been having a coffee mug problem lately….

The handles are falling off.

To be more precise, the mug is falling off the handle…. when it’s full of hot coffee, naturally.

I mean, an empty mug would hardly weigh enough to break off, right? And if it’s full of coffee the coffee should be hot.

It happened with 4 mugs in as many weeks. one hit the floor, two dropped on the tray in the microwave and one, the only one that didn’t create a mess, hit the bottom of the sink.

It’s time to retire the remaining old mugs and buy new.

Only one slight problem….. The colors suck!

My kitchen is mainly blue and yellow.I would like blue and / or yellow coffee mugs.

Seems relatively simple and straightforward, right?

I went to the kitchen shop. My choices of color were grey, khaki, brownish mustard yellow, chartreuse, puce, and greyish turquoise.

I went to the discount housewares shop. They had the same colors except that the greyish turquoise was replaced by reddish orange.

I went to the supermarket. They had a new collection for summer: golden yellow and blue turquoise. They weren’t what I wanted but they were almost acceptable and the best I could find around here. I bought two of each.

Is it just the French that love such horrid (IMO) colors? Or is it everywhere and I’ve been ignoring it?

One would think a clear blue and pure yellow would be easy to find.

One would be wrong.

Last update on July 10, 2016

5 thoughts on “Warm Balsamic Potato Salad; broken coffee mugs and a wee rant”

  1. Perhaps a trip to Côte d’Azur could help. Surely they hold on to the colours you desire, resistant against the awful ones you’re experiencing around your area. Or maybe the Greek Islands, doubtless they have standards.

  2. Dan, I think you are right. A shopping trip is definitely in order. Spain does nice ceramics as well. And I really could be happy with a few nice Spanish rosados for summer. Plus our friend in the mountains (our dogs breeder) has Leonberger puppies.

    Zoomie, I bought them at the same time so I’m guessing it’s an age thing…. as so much of my life is now lol

  3. What?! How can this happen to even one mug, let alone four? (Now I’m going to be afraid to hold my coffee cup by the handle….)

    Still, how easy it would be to completely forget about the mug breakages with this wonderful potato salad on the table. Mmmmm, bacon….

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