pack and go lunch: tangled red cabbage salad

pack and go lunch: tangled red cabbage salad | theclevercarrot.com

Food memories are strong memories.

When I was a kid, my mom used to make a delicious red cabbage salad with cucumbers.

She sliced the cabbage very thin, and dressed the tangly strands with red wine vinegar and olive oil.

The salad was left to marinate in a particular bowl, allowing the acidity from the vinaigrette to soften the vegetables….

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orzo picnic salad

orzo picnic salad | theclevercarrot.com

Over the weekend, we went to 3 birthday parties.

Not cool adult parties with vintage wine and civilized cheese platters… kid parties.

When I was a kid, birthday parties consisted of a small group of children, usually at our house, with parent supervised games and a Carvel cake. Nowadays, you have to sign waivers just to let your kid play in one of those crazy bouncy houses.

Let’s talk about party food too-

The amount of doughy pizza I consumed this weekend was just ridiculous. In a good way. All that warm sauce and bubbly cheese… Then, of course, there was plenty of dessert to cleanse the palate; ice cream cake, regular cake (adorned with red #5 frosting) and cookie platters.

You know those soft-baked chocolate chip cookies they sell at Costco?

Amazing.

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a vegetarian feast!

a vegetarian feast | theclevercarrot.com

The following is a dramatized rant and should be classified as such, not a complaint.

Ahem-

Just when I thought I’d conquered the last zucchini, they sent me more. And potatoes. I could build a small retaining wall out of potatoes. I was forced to relocate my seasonal squash- butternut, acorn, delicata- to the front doorstep. They serve as autumnal decorations alongside my dying mums (thank you rain) because I am officially out of space. As I mentioned, this is not a complaint. It’s more a playful appreciation to my farm share for their generous weekly abundance of food. I’ve put together a petite menu showcasing my creative battle; 5 vegetarian recipes. To my local farmers- thank you. You’ve outdone yourself this year.

This feast is dedicated to you….

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