Tuesday, April 08, 2014

ROASTED POTATO SALAD WITH ASPARAGUS

Roasted Potato Salad with Asparagus | A lighter twist on potato salad via Club Narwhal #potato

Friends, I cannot say enough good things about this lovely Roasted Potato Salad! First of all, it has pretty much everything I adore in the world: roasted fingerlings and asparagus, egg, and a kicky lemon mustard vinaigrette. Oh, and let's not forget the avocado. Because you know how I feel about avocados. 

Roasted Potato Salad with Asparagus | A lighter twist on potato salad via Club Narwhal #potato

Could these gorgeous potatoes be any prettier? They remind me of the insides of geodes, which reminds me of my childhood hobby of rock tumbling, which I was actually not very good at (let it be known that it is very hard to be bad at rock tumbling, but I somehow managed it). Shiny geode-like rocks still make me swoon. I snagged a massive bag of these jewel-toned taters at Costco and do not regret it for a single second. 

Roasted Potato Salad with Asparagus | A lovely twist on potato salad via Club Narwhal #potato

I love spring because it means asparagus by the armfuls! When it hits ninety-nine cents a pound, I am filled with glee. As is my fridge. And freezer. All of which makes for a happy me. 

Roasted Asparagus | An easy spring side dish via Club Narwhal

While I admit that have a special place in my heart for traditional potato salads (yes, smothered with mayo and all) with spring in full swing, I wanted to lighten it up just a tad. Enter this kicky lemon mustard vinaigrette, which adds the perfect amount of zest to this lovely meal. Plus, it's only three ingredients and works on everything from salad to fish to chicken. 

Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette | The perfect spring dressing via Club Narwhal

Nothing makes me feel more fulfilled in life than a pan of crisp, golden potatoes. Nothing. Okay, except maybe popcorn (I am so addicted to popcorn). But that's a whole other story for another day. 

Roasted Potatoes via Club Narwhal

Roasted Asparagus | An easy spring side dish via Club Narwhal

This salad is delightful served warm or cold and will make you go back for seconds (and thirds--I won't judge)!

What is your favorite part about spring? 

Roasted Potato Salad with Asparagus | A lighter twist on potato salad via Club Narwhal #potato

ROASTED POTATO SALAD WITH LEMON MUSTARD VINAIGRETTE 

For the Potato Salad
  • 2 pounds fingerling potatoes, halved
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
  • spices like dried thyme, garlic, salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 6 eggs, hard boiled (I baked a dozen for 30 minutes at 325 degrees, then put in an ice bath)
  • 2 avocados, halved or diced
  • lemon wedges for garnish
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pour a little oil on a baking sheet and rub around so it evenly coats the pan. toss the potatoes with more olive oil and spices. Roast for 25-30 minutes, turning once at the halfway point. I like to roast my potatoes cut side down to get them golden grown.

Toss the asparagus in olive oil, salt, and pepper and pop in the oven for the last 10-15 minutes of the potatoes. To make the salad, just pile the potatoes and asparagus on a platter and nestle halved eggs and avocado throughout. 

For the Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard (I like super grainy mustard, but feel free to use what you have)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper
Whisk all ingredients together and drizzle over salad. 

Looking for more spring delights? Take a gander at my favorite spring recipes below or follow along on Pinterest


Baked Avocado Rolls with Greek Yogurt Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce

Baked Avocado Rolls via Club Narwhal

Hash Brown Crust Goat Cheese Quiche


Hash Brown Crust Goat Cheese Quiche via Club Narwhal

Thai Chicken Satay Salad


Thai Chicken Satay Salad | Club Narwhal


Lemon Biscotti Ice Cream with Blackberry Swirls


Lemon Biscotti Ice Cream with Blackberry Swirls via Club Narwhal


Free Printable | Earth is Like A Child that Knows Poems via Club Narwhal



Friday, April 04, 2014

FREE PRINTABLE | EARTH IS LIKE A CHILD THAT KNOWS POEMS - RAINER MARIA RILKE

Free Printable | Earth is Like A Child that Knows Poems - Rainer Maria Rilke via Club Narwhal #spring #quotes

Hello, lovelies! I just wanted to share this beautiful, spring-y quote by one of my favorite poets, Rainer Maria Rilke. He got me through some wonderfully angsty teen years and I still find myself turning to him when I need some writerly comfort. 

Spring is just the best. 

Who are your favorite writers--you know, the ones that feel like old friends?



PS: If you like this printable, check out the rest of them here and explore more inspiration on my Pinterest board, Pretty Words & Design.


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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

FOOD VIDEO | EASY TRIPLE BERRY TARTS

Triple Berry Tarts | A fresh, easy dessert for spring via Club Narwhal

Nothing says spring more than sunshine, tulips, and these lightly sweet, endlessly delectable Triple Berry Tarts with white chocolate shell. 

Perfectly ripe berries are folded into blueberry filling (I guess these are actually Quadruple Berry Tarts!) and scooped into a vanilla wafer crust that is reinforced with white chocolate shell. These tarts rely on fresh, simple flavors. And I love that there is no added sugar (though I can bet a little lemon zest and vanilla extract in the berries would make them sing even more).

Triple Berry Tarts | A fresh, easy dessert for spring via Club Narwhal

We got this recipe from my aunt, who got it from my grandma, who got it from her blind resources club. Which means this recipe is so easy, you can literally make it with your eyes shut! It is also, quite possibly, my very favorite thing Warren makes. In his words, "You can't go wrong mixing berries and chocolate." Amen. 

Triple Berry Tarts | A fresh, easy dessert for spring via Club Narwhal

These easy tarts are a nice change of pace from the fussy desserts I kind of adore making (hello, Lemon Biscotti Ice Cream), what with those endless lists of steps and ingredients. In contrast, these guys just need a few basic ingredients and about twenty minutes of your life. Totally worth it.

Triple Berry Tarts | A fresh, easy dessert for spring via Club Narwhal

Triple Berry Tarts | A fresh, easy dessert for spring via Club Narwhal

Also, I finally made a video with my new fancy pants camera! It's a little rough but now that I'm learning my way around, I can't wait to make more. Check it out here:


Triple Berry Tarts | Food Video by Club Narwhal from Club Narwhal on Vimeo.

Triple Berry Tarts | A fresh, easy dessert for spring via Club Narwhal

TRIPLE BERRY TARTS

For the Vanilla Wafer Crust with White Chocolate Shell
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla wafers, crushed into crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 oz. white chocolate chips
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the wafer crumbs and butter and press into mini tart shells (or one large tart shell/pie pan). Bake for 5-7 minutes. It will be soft when you take it out of the oven but it will set as it cools. 

As the shells bake, mix the white chocolate and coconut oil together until smooth. (This is the same white chocolate shell recipe I used in the Lemon Biscotti Ice Cream.) Drizzle about a tablespoon in each tart shell and set aside

For the Berry Filling
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 cup instant tapioca (small pearls)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4-5 cups mixed berries (we used blackberries, raspberries, and chopped strawberries)
Boil the blueberries, water, and tapioca for about 10 minutes, until tapioca is dissolved and the blueberries have thickened. Pour into a bowl filled with the berries and fold to incorporate. Spoon berry filling into the tart shells. You can either serve them warm (with a scoop of ice cream) or chill for later.


PS: Are we Pin Pals yet? Let's party on Pinterest!

Check out more food videos below! 


Eastern Market Panzanella

Eastern Market Panzanella | Easy, fresh bread salad via Club Narwhal

Biggest Loser Pancakes 3 Ways

Biggest Loser Pancakes 3 Ways via Club Narwhal

Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding

Apple Cider Donut Bread Pudding via Club Narwhal

Pink Lemonade Icebox Cake

Pink Lemonade Icebox Cake via Club Narwhal


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