We’re sitting around the table enjoying lunch together. My son Callum hands the bowl of potato salad to his girlfriend, Casey and says, “You must try some of this. Dad is famous for his potato salad.”

Casey spoons a small amount onto her plate, and Callum watches her closely as she transfers the salad to her mouth. He knows she's in for a surprise. Suddenly Casey smiles widely and says, “Wow! This is good!”

“I told you! Dad makes the best potato salad in the world.”

Casey reaches for the bowl and spoons more potato salad onto her plate, and now Callum looks worried, “Hey! Leave some for me!”

“What’s in the salad? This is so delicious! What's the secret ingredient?”

“Well, there’s…” begins Callum.

“That’s my recipe,” protests my husband Andy, who’s been listening and watching with interest. “You can’t give away my secrets.”

“Mum’s probably told the whole world the recipe already,” says Callum. “I bet she’s posted the recipe on her blog.”

“No I haven’t!” It’s my turn to protest. “I wouldn’t do that!”

But I’m thinking, “What a great idea. Why didn’t I think about writing a potato salad post before?”

So here I am writing about Andy’s Amazing Potato Salad. It truly is delectable. It’s no ordinary salad. Whenever we go visiting, we take along a huge bowlful as our contribution to the meal, and we're always greeted with the words, “Wow! We were hoping you’d bring along some potato salad. We can’t wait to eat it!”

Your mouth is probably watering at the thought of this truly out-of-the-ordinary potato salad. You are probably waiting impatiently for me to write out the recipe. You might be planning to rush out the door to buy all the ingredients as soon as you find out what they are.

But now I’m thinking… what if everyone has the recipe? What if everyone brings Andy’s Amazing Potato Salad along when we have a potluck dinner?  It will no longer be Andy’s Amazing Potato Salad. Instead it will be Everyone’s Amazing Potato Salad. My husband will no longer be able to call it his own. I am also imagining Andy's face as I tell him I posted his secret recipe. 

No, I can’t do it. I can't write out the recipe. I can't even mention the ingredients. I’m sorry.


Tomato soup is good. Andy’s Amazing Tomato Soup is also something very special. You should see the smiles of delight when everyone tastes it. I could give you this recipe instead. I’ve already passed it onto a few friends so it’s not quite as precious as the potato salad recipe. Andy wouldn’t mind at all if I shared it. You could rush out and buy the following ingredients and and then whip up a potful of delicious creamy soup.

Andy’s Amazing Tomato Soup


60g butter
4 rashers bacon
2 large onions, peeled and chopped
2 large carrots, scrubbed and chopped
2 medium celery sticks, trimmed and chopped
1 kg tomatoes, roughly chopped
800g tinned tomatoes
1.7 litres chicken or vegetable stock
2 sprigs thyme, parsley and rosemary
1 tsp celery seeds
20 black peppercorns
300 ml single cream
rosemary sprigs to garnish

  •          Melt butter in large pan, add bacon, onion, carrot and celery
  •          Sauté over low heat for 5 minutes without browning
  •         Add fresh and tinned tomatoes (with juice) and the stock, bring to the boil – stir          continuously
  •         Add herbs, celery seeds and peppercorns to the soup. (If you don't like the wonderful sensation of discovering a whole peppercorn in your mouthful of soup, make sure they are in a muslin bag so you can remove them before pureeing.)
  •          Reduce heat, cover and simmer gently for about an hour or until vegetables are soft
  •        Cool soup and puree
  •         Before serving, reheat soup and swirl in cream and garnish with rosemary (if you want to impress).

With the cold weather approaching (at least here in Australia), a tomato soup recipe might be appreciated even more than a cold salad recipe. At least I hope so.

“Andy, I blogged about your Amazing Potato Salad today. I posted your secret recipe." I watch my husband's face. It looks just as I imagined.

"Just joking!"

Andy is now smiling again. I give him a hug.

That recipe could have made my blog ratings soar. I could have been famous. But some things are more important than popularity.

And one of those is love.

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  1. This sounds nice - very homely! You don't normally blog about cooking. You'll be blogging about homemade cleaning products, next;-)

    Does Andy still make his yummy porridge? And his pasta? My mouth is watering thinking about it!

    God bless, Sue:-)
    PS. Australia Post accepts food parcels in the mail.

    1. Vicky,

      You are right: This is only the 5th recipe I've posted on my blog. With 26 posts to write this month, I have to use every idea that comes to mind! Homemade cleaning products? I will store that idea away in case I need it. I just happen to know where I can read a few good articles about natural cleaners!

      Andy doesn't have as much time to cook as he used to but he does make creamy porridge with brown sugar on Saturday mornings. Does porridge travel? I can just imagine the cold soggy lump that would arrive if we packaged up some for you, and sent it by Australia Post. Better come and visit us instead!

  2. Again you have me chuckling.. this time at the horrid possibility of the magical dish suddenly becoming "Everyone's Amazing Potato Salad." And I'm SO glad you chose love over popularity. Whew!

    My father in law made a "special" meat loaf. When I was coming into the family, my mom in law gave me a recipe box filled with handwritten family recipes. One of the index cards had "Dad's Meat Loaf" printed at the top (in my father in law's writing). That was all. No recipe. When I mentioned that he seemed to have omitted, um, a few ingredients, Dad told me no recipe would be forthcoming until after the wedding. After all, what if I was just marrying into the family for the meat loaf recipe?!? Hmm, Maybe that's something Andy might have to think about in days to come....

    1. Nancy,

      I love your "Dad's Meat Loaf" story. That made me smile! I assume you are now the proud possessor of that recipe. Marrying into a family because of a famous recipe... We're going to have to watch out for that. Shall I share that one with Callum and Casey?? That's assuming they want to marry each other. Callum was asking me about my blogging while we were travelling in the car together yesterday. I replied, "You are in my last two posts." He didn't seem to mind at all.

      I'm chuckling over your comment. Thank you!

  3. Aww, now I want to know the potato salad recipe! Does he have a secret ingredient? I bet he has a secret ingredient. All good mysterious recipes have one.

    1. Kellie,

      There are several ingredients in Andy's potato salad that I've never seen in any other recipe. It takes quite a bit of work to make it. Good thing I haven't memorised the recipe otherwise I might let something slip by mistake! Thank you for reading my post. I hope you are enjoying writing your own A-Z challenge posts.

  4. Sue, winter is not on it's way for many of us. The hot, humid, sweltering summer is! We don't need soup! WE DEMAND POTATO SALAD! Can't you even give us a hint? Okay, okay, how about if we just settle for Andy's Amazing Cookbook?

    BTW, what a great smile your Andy has! :)

    1. Patricia,

      You are very persuasive, but no... I can't reveal the recipe even to a good friend like you! But Andy's Amazing Cookbook... that might work!! I have had thoughts about such a book before. I could write some personal stories to go with Andy's recipes. It would make a wonderful family book of memories if nothing else. One day maybe we will do it.

      I didn't have any potato salad or tomato soup on hand to photograph. I thought Andy's smile might do instead.

      God bless!

  5. I bet it has potato in it! I'd make a great spy don't you think.

    1. Lisa,

      You are so clever! But what kind of potato? Wouldn't it be funny if it didn't have any potato in it at all??

  6. Sue, your blog is just a treasure!
    How have a I not stumbled upon it til now? :)
    Thank you for for clicking to mine yesterday for Memoir Monday, from Nancy's BBLs!! And yes, I'd truly be honored if you would grace the link up with one of your pieces of memoir!
    I plan to continue the memoir hop every Monday til June, when the goal is to take a blogging break for family/summer activities at that point.
    Here's the link for "info" but it is very informal and very open to bloggers' own interpretations of memoir.:

    I'll need to come back for another look around, Sue but in teh meantime, I'll subscribe so I don't miss anything! (I also have a quickie book giveaway going on, if you're interested....)

    Have a lovely day!

    1. Chris,

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog and subscribing. That is so kind of you!

      I really love writing memoir pieces. Our lives provide so much material for story telling and reflection. I always learn something about myself as I am writing. I am sure you know what I mean!

      I would love to link up to your Memoir Monday hop. Thank you for being so welcoming!

      I had a quick look at the link you left. I shall return soon and read your memoir posts. A cup of coffee and your posts... I shall have a wonderful time!

  7. Andy's Amazing Potato salad. That sound so delicious, and as Patricia already said, Andy has a wonderful smile.
    If you do not take care, half the blogreaders will suddenly turn up at your doorstep, trying to get themselves an invitation to taste Andy's Amazing Dishes ;)
    At least I will not ask you to send anything edible to me. It would be a disaster even by air mail.

    1. Uglemor,

      If you didn't live so far away, I would make sure you came over for dinner and tasted all Andy's special recipes. I would love to see you on my doorstep! One day maybe...

      I won't send you any food but if we do get a cookbook written, I will send you a copy!

  8. Hi Sue, love your picture of Andy! I'm with Patricia on this one! I'm not a fan of tomato soup and would love to know the potato salad recipe. That I do like! However, I can respect your wish to honor your husband's wishes :). You're a good wife!

    1. Noreen,

      Andy is such a good blogger's husband. He never minds what I write about him. He would even forgive me if I posted his recipe. That's why I can't!

      I like the picture of Andy too!

      God bless!


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