Monday, May 18, 2009

engagement/graduation potluck picnic party

Priya and I hosted a potluck picnic on Saturday afternoon to celebrate our engagement and her graduation from Columbia; due to the murky skies, we moved it indoors (the Pencil Factory, a nearby bar, had agreed to let us bring over our food and set up camp there in case of rain). In the end it never rained, but whatever, the party was great (and having it at the bar let people get drinks and use nicer bathrooms, so I think some people were even happier we moved it). Although some key friends had to work or were away that weekend, it still turned out lovely.

We made chicken salad (dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, za'atar, shallots, chopped parsley and ramp leaves... NO MAYO!) and Brina brought NO MAYO egg salad with dill and tahini:



We also made curried quinoa salad with fresh mint, pears, cranberries, and almonds, and an orzo salad with tomatoes, yellow peppers, basil, and fresh mozz balls:



We made tamarind khatte chana (sour chickpeas)... In the lower left corner of the picture below is some ramp butter made/brought by the man behind i8ny (he also made the potato salad in the pic, which is next to an endive/avocado salad):



Priya made brownies with nuts, Sara brought brownies with a layer of something crunchy inside (delicious!), and Rachael sent some peanut-butter brownie things along. Sam and Erum's Mexican fruit salad is there on the upper left, and the big bowl at the bottom of the picture contains Katie's delicious cold sesame noodles, of which I had two helpings.

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There was actually a lot more food, but people kept coming and bringing things for hours, and I didn't get a picture of it all... I do remember awesome cuminy Moroccan carrots and an oil-cured olive tapenade made by Zeke, and an ass-kicking ginger-lemon bundt cake that Rohlfing whipped up. Forgive me if I forgot to mention anything; I loved it all!

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More pictures at Priya's Flickr (see link on right sidebar of page)

1 comment:

Sadie said...

What an amazing spread! It all looks (and sounds) delicious. Congrats again on your engagement!