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Vitamin A & Garlicky Dill Carrots! @ Spiced Curiosity

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

vitamin a & garlicky dill carrots – savory side dish

  • 3 large carrots – 1 1/2 cut sliced
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil – for cooking
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil – for dressing
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill – chopped
  • salt and black pepper

Hey there!

Excited to share great news – I’m growing the food photography business. Recently I had the pleasure of doing a shoot with the great Chef Elyse Bekins, who runs the Brooklyn Soup Club along with her own catering. We had a great time laughing, and I had a blast seeing her in action. Here are a few of my favorite photos from the shoot.

Chef Elyse Bekins - Miachel Pruett Photography

Chef Elyse Bekins - Miachel Pruett Photography

Chef Elyse Bekins - Miachel Pruett Photography

If you’re in the Brooklyn area, I highly recommend feasting on Elyse’s soups. I tried out her Red Lentil, and it nearly blew my socks off. Flavorful and fresh!

Speaking of fresh, I can’t wait to share another National Nutrition Month recipe: Garlicky Dill Carrots! Carrots are a very fun way to brighten the table and add a tasty crunch. Along with the fact you can find them year-round, they increase your taste of Vitamin A. Thanks to World’s Healthiest Foods, I found out that just one cup of carrots yields 407% of your daily value for Vitamin A. What?!?


Orange Fennel Sicilian Salad

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

vitamin c & fresh sicilian salad – orange with fennel, olives, and mint

    2 servings
  • 2 large oranges
  • 1 large fennel bulb
  • 16 small fresh mint leaves, torn in half
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 15 kalamata olives – pitted!
  • salt to taste

I think I’m more excited for the new year now than I was on January 1st. New projects, foods, and friends keep crossing my path, and I’m ever grateful. Everything feels fresh, a sure sign the spring is on her way. (She likes to sleep in.)

As a colorful reminder of new starts, I’m trying out this funky salad. I was on the hunt to incorporate some hefty Vitamin C via oranges into a dish – and this one turned me off. When I read “oranges, fennel, and…olives?” I laughed out loud. What were those Sicilians thinking? But hey, you can’t argue with people who invented the cannoli.

fresh salad ingredients


National Nutrition Month! Spicy Raw Broccoli Slaw

Friday, March 1, 2013

happy national nutrition month! vitamin c & raw broccoli slaw

    makes 3 servings
  • 1 cup julienned broccoli stalk
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. minced dill
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. raw soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. fresh orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

*For added protein, throw in 1 cup fresh edamame beans

Welcome, and happy National Nutrition Month! On our way to green spring, a little extra color gets added to our plates too. We’re chomping through nutrients, focusing on one vitamin each week. Today, we introduce Vitamin C.

Let's hear it for Vitamin C!

This wonderful vitamin does heavy nurse-duty. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, Vitamin C helps protect cells from free radical damage, regenerate your vitamin E supplies, and improve iron absorption. The “protective role” of C means that it’s good for healing wounds, colds or infections, and lung-related problems.


sweet potatoes, orange, saffron, orange juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, yummy

Thursday, January 31, 2013

simple sweet potatoes – saffron, citrus, and sunshine

    2 servings
  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of saffron
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

New York’s a pretty colorful place. But you’d never guess by the dreary haze of grey coats and smogged skies on a regular January morning. Heads down, people pack the sidewalk in habitual motion, forward, faster, smoother. It’s 9 am, and the sun is shivering. I join in with my simple goal, to get to work.

winter, cold, trees, landscape, city

A spark out of the smoke, a turmeric-colored gown cuts around the corner. An elderly Indian lady radiates, with her lightly upturned grin playing a small indicator of her bright presence. The intense color is unique, but it makes the entire scene more beautiful. Not only herself, but the dinge of black coats and blank faces as well.

sweet potatoes, mashed, orange, orange juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, saffron, ginger

The citrus brings the same life to the sweet potatoes. Normally the earthy, thick taste of roots wallows in your palate. There’s nothing wrong with them. But when immersed with sweet, bright juice from the orange, the entire dish feels lighter, and every aspect is intensified. The normally cloying saffron rounds out the flavor, along with a touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

sweet potatoes, sunny, healthy, Vitamin A


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