Wednesday, July 16, 2008

july picnic & a recipe

Our July meeting took place at Couchiching Beach Park, in the shadow of Samuel de Champlain. Well.... in the shadow of his statue anyway!

We had a nice potluck picnic in the park and, of course, I got so excited about EATING the food that I forgot to take pictures. Oops!

We had White Kidney Bean dip with Nachos, Bulgur Salad, Baked Beans, a Vegan Carrot Cake, and this Yellow Rice and Black Bean Salad -- the only thing left that I could take a picture of once I finally came to after stuffing myself!

This salad basically requires the rice to be cooked in a bit of turmeric and cumin, then cooled. You add some black beans, grape tomatoes, cucumber (remove peel and seeds), red pepper, red onion, jalapeno peppers and fresh cilantro leaves as well. For the dressing, you whisk together the following:

1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander (spice)
1/4 teasponn oregano
6 tablespoons olive oil

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