Posts Tagged ‘family’

A Plethora of Birthdays

March 30, 2010

As scattered as my brothers have become as we grow older, the presence of more than one of us in the folks’ hometown is cause for celebration. The fact that between the three of us we have close to eight birthdays in a two month span is a cause for a party when these two events happen to coincide.

So it was that I found myself pondering what “some sort of salad” to bring. My standard potato salad, a delicious blend of potatoes, sour cream/mayo dressing, green onion and bacon is always a hit (and fodder for a future post), but I wanted to try something different. Curry powder stuck in my brain for some unknown reason. I poked around the ‘net and filtered through a half dozen or so recipes to pick out the things that looked worthwhile.

After tossing together some disappointingly mediocre hummus, I got to work on the potato salad:

  • 5 pounds red potatoes, boiled and chunked
  • 6 oz plain yogurt
  • 10 oz mayonnaise
  • 2 T curry powder (or to taste)
  • 1 lime, juiced (~1/4 C)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 C frozen peas
  • 1 bunch green onions, rough chop
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • Wash potatoes, cut loose any scarred/damaged areas, and cut into quarters or halves of approximately the same size. Boil in lightly salted water until just shy of fork tender. In separate bowl mix yogurt, mayonnaise, lime juice and seasonings. Add onions and cilantro to dressing and set in fridge.

    When potatoes are done, drain and cut into fork sized chunks. Add to serving bowl with frozen peas and mix gently. Add dressing, and fold to coat. Let refrigerate for 1-2 hours minimum before serving.

    The finished product

    Having some extra lemon juice floating about from the hummus making, a crate of slightly picked over strawberries from the Farmer’s Market caught my eye.  A quick blend of 5 C of water, 2 C of lemon juice, a couple of dozen muddled strawberries and a cup of 1:1 simple syrup, finished with some mint sprigs made for a tasty afternoon drink.

    Good food, good friends and good times all roll together to make for a memorable evening.