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Potlucks and Pomegranates – swell

Potlucks and Pomegranates

Our potluck didn’t do well, as there were only two of us.  But whatever; it was a beautiful day in Loring Park and we got to gorge on our delicious offerings!  Going with the fall theme, I made the Paradise Casserole from the Candle Cafe Cookbook (it was simple but yummy) and topped it with their Roasted Corn-Pumpkin Seed Relish, which I really liked despite it containing raw celery (blech!).  Amanda brought a yummy fall curry (that didn’t photograph very well, sadly, though it tasted delicious).  Here is my “plate” with the casserole-relish combo:

Candle Cafes Paradise Casserole with Roasted Corn-Pumpkin Seed Relish

Candle Cafe's Paradise Casserole with Roasted Corn-Pumpkin Seed Relish

I decided not to make this next recipe a “Swedish Special” since even though it’s based on a Scandinavian cookbook recipe, I figured I’d have a hard time convincing people that mangos and pomegranates grow in Sweden.  Because they don’t.  But you can buy them there, and here, and make this salad and remember that I told you some Swedes would eat this, even though it’s not typical or traditional.  It’s a pleasant fall salad: sweet and creamy mangoes against the ruby-red crunch of pomegranate seeds and scallions.  A little parsley and some lemon juice round it out.  It’s even raw in addition to the obvious vegan-ness, for those who might be interested.  Serve it as a side salad with some spicy baked tofu and a simple grain, or scoop some on top of a green salad to make it fun and fancy.

Pomegranate-Mango Salad

Pomegranate-Mango Salad

Pomegranate-Mango Salad (serves 2-4):

1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and cubed

1/2-1 pomegranate, seeds reserved

2 scallions, thinly sliced

1 tbsp parsley, minced

2 tbsp lemon juice

Combine mango, pomegranate seeds, scallions, parsley, and lemon juice and gently combine.  Serve immediately or chill until serving.

I haven’t forgotten about the other things I’ve been promising as far as Swedish recipes.  The second round of the lemon-dill tofu didn’t turn out how I wanted it, so I’m still tweaking that recipe a bit.  And now that I can use my oven without feeling like I’m going to pass out from heat, I feel a lot of baked goods calling my name!

7 Responses to “Potlucks and Pomegranates”

  1. melisser says:

    Ew, HELLERY! The casserole sounds & looks lovely though, as does the Pomegranate Mango salad!

  2. Shelby says:

    I HATE raw celery! Well maybe not hate…but strongly dislike =P

    I love the Pomegranate salad though!

  3. a-k says:

    Haha, hellery, I like it! I mean, I like the phrase, not the actual grossness that celery is. If I ever made it again, I’d probably leave the celery out, as I don’t think it did much except surprise me with disgust when I got a piece in my bite. And I got an excuse to buy chipotle powder!

    The pomegranate salad is pretty yummy, I just finished it off. Kanelbullar next, though, I hope.

  4. vegancowgirl says:

    That pomegranate salad looks amazing……..really really amazing! I say who cares if there were only two – sounds like the food was awsome and the weather was great.

    yah you!

  5. Jennifer says:

    I agree with vegancowgirl that the pomegranate salad looks amazing! I’ve never had a pomegranate (for shame!), but I love mangoes! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Who in their right mind would miss a vegan potluck?! Those folks that didn’t show missed out some yummy looking food!

  7. Celine says:

    too bad not many people showed up. I would SO have been there.

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