I am making Moroccan chicken tajine and I wanted a vegetable dish. While many tajine recipes include the vegetables in the stew, I wanted something on the side. Wife, Jan really likes carrot salads.
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For my birthday, I am making a variation of Uyghur Shashlik and Naan for dinner. Meat and bread call for salads and a traditional Xinjiang dish would be a carrot salad. The last time I made this I used large Asian carrots. Today, I decided to use the colorful heirloom carrots that have become common in California.
Jan had a Stitching Guild luncheon on Saturday and most of the other people signed up to bring meat dishes. Jan sees her role as to provide a vegetarian option. Normally, I would add toasted pine nuts to my carrot salad, but one of her friends is deathly allergic to nuts.
I needed a salad for Christmas Eve dinner. Jan really loves carrot salad, but I wanted at least some green veg in the meal, so I added some baby spinach. I have made this salad before as a spinach salad, garnished with carrots. Here I reverse the proportions, a carrot salad garnished with some spinach.
Eilene requested carrot salad and some kind of green thing as the vegetable to go with the chili dogs for her birthday meal. I had bought a bottle of Champaign vinegar for another meal a few weeks ago and that seemed like a likely place to start. Thinking about what herbs and spices would compliment this rather expensive ingredient, I started grabbing bottles out of my spice rack. This is what I came up with. Giving the carrots a bit of time to pickle a bit also seemed like an obvious idea.
I decided that I wanted a cool salad to go with my lasagna. Jan really likes carrot salad. Since she had forbidden me to be too creative with the lasagna I decided that would express myself on this dish.
For Mother’s Day, Jan has requested Uyghur Shashlik and Naan for dinner. Normally, if I was making these dishes, I would make a tomato and cucumber salad as the side dish. For me this has gotten to be a bit boring and predictable. I want to do something else.
This week is our 30th anniversary. This weekend Jan mentioned that her favorite salad was carrot. We were at the farmer’s market and she wanted to buy some heirloom carrots for her favorite salad. We thought through how I could possibly not know this after all this time. Jan, apparently, has always loved carrot salad. She buys carrot salad to eat for lunch whenever she has a chance, except when I am with her. If she is at a business dinner and there is carrot salad in the buffet she will take a big scoop, except if I am with her. This, it seems, has been going on behind my back for 35 years.