Oh My Potluck!

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Tender Loving Carrot Salad (Vegetarian)

carrotsaladHere’s a fairly easy dish to whip up for the next potluck, and it’s super tasty to boot. Easily swap out the apple for another fruit (like raisins) and the pumpkin seeds can be replaced with another nut (like pistachios). Basically, use what you have; carrots are really good at being friends with different flavours.


While we’re on the topic of friends, let’s talk about Friends, the lo-fi indie pop group from Brooklyn, New York. There’s something so charming about their colourful 80s-inspired style. They came out with a fun album a couple years ago, but it seems these Friends have been keeping quiet recently. Still, I love this song:

Somebody recently pointed out that the TV sitcom Friends went off the air 10 years ago. The last episode seemed like such a big deal. Now, I spend more time with friends than watching television and I feel out of the loop.


As far as TV goes, my BFF and I are watching M*A*S*H, which means I’m 30 to 40 some years behind. The show holds up though. Not to mention, M*A*S*H’s final episode is still the most watched series finale in history. Watching classic shows is like drinking well vinted wines; they’ve had time to age and develop flavour. The not-so-good shows seem to get forgotten and so no time is wasted on them.


My friends always get together to watch Firefly (and sports). Are there any other popular TV shows to watch with friends? Maybe next time you have a viewing party, you can stir up some of this friendly salad…


Tender Loving Carrot Salad

Good for a twelve-person potluck.

  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup shelled and roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 pounds carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 small apples, chopped small
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice, honey, garlic, cumin, cinnamon and ginger; season with salt and pepper. Slowly add the olive oil and whisk to combine.
  2. Add carrots, pumpkin seeds, and cilantro to dressing and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Transfer to a serving bowl and take to the party.

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This entry was posted on February 26, 2014 by in Quick And Easy, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , , , .

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