My office had a post-election celebration potluck today (yeah, I know, we’re a little delayed). We all volunteered to make things, and I decided to go with a festive Roasted Butternut Squash and spinach salad. Lo and behold, when I got to the office, SOMEONE ELSE HAD MADE A SALAD.
Cue pissy conversation with gansie
work potluck today
me: and i roasted squash for a roasted squash and spinach salad
and some ASSHOLE brought a regular old crappy salad!
i’m so pissed!
i roasted the squash in sweet white wine, with apple cider vinegar, ancho chili powder, cloves, and ginger
and am mixing with pears, peppers, and dried cranberries
AND brought the wine and vinegar to make my own salad dressing
my salad does not belong on the same table as that crappy lettuce and cucumber shit!
gansie: damn girl
that sounds awesome
i’m sure he’s embarrassed
whoever it was had better be
I AM GOING TO WIN THE POTLUCK
also, my boss, who is cuban, makes killer black beans and rice
and we basically decided to have a potluck so he would have to make them
gansie: wait…theres a contest
me: but i just like to have the best food
sort of like i like to be the best dressed when i go somewhere
although that never happens now because i am wearing sweatpants/sweatshirts until about april
As it turns out, the salad was a recipe from my co-worker’s grandmother. And it wasn’t some crappy lettuce and cucumber shit- Tuna, tofu, sprouts, tomato, cucumbers , soy sauce and a ginger soy dressing. Pretty good actually.
Aside from the aforementioned salads and black beans and rice, we also had pumpkin soup, hoecakes, ham and biscuits, chips and salsa, pani puri, tomatoes and mozz, and mac and cheese. I’ summed up my salad in the convo above, but just in case you’d like to recreate, I peeled, and diced one butternut squash, and roasted with about a quarter cup of Moscato, pepper, ancho chili powder, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. After it cooled, I combined with a bag of baby spinach, half a pear, some sweet bell peppers and dried cranberries. The dressing was a little more moscato and vinegar, plus some olive oil, slat and pepper and a bit of mustard. Done.
Pics of the other dishes below.
The tofu and tuna salad. Not bad. Minus the tofu. And the tomatoes. So basically, i ate sprouts and cucumbers. Still tasty!
Pani Puri- On the left are moong beans. In the center are little puff things made out of flour and water and deep fried. They’re hollow, so you crack a small hole in them, fill them with the beans, and add the puri, the green sauce to the left. It’s made of tamarind, mint, dates and cilantro. Delicious!
Biscuits (the coworker who made them said she made them herself. They are clearly from a GRANDS can. Liar!), tomatoes and mozz/ iceberg wedges from Whole Foods, my salad, pumpkin soup in the background.
My plate- salads, hoecakes, mac and cheese, black beans and rice, etc, etc. Not shown- the red wine one of my coworkers had the prescience to bring, and that I am currently consuming at my desk. Happy Thursday to me!