Broccoli, Raisin and Olive Salad with Pine Nuts

with all the mix insfront of mugThis is my favourite mug. The weight and shape of it feel just right in my hand. It is part of my comforting morning ritual. If  you’re wondering, the mug is from Anthropologie,. Sadly, they don’t make them anymore. I bought a bunch of them with the initials of favourite family members and friends so they would feel welcome when visiting. Now I can’t make any new friends, unless their names start with certain letters that I already have on the shelf. Such a dilemma! It would be awkward to serve my new friend Xavier a latte in a letter M mug.back of mugHere is my mug from the rear view. With the small chip in the base it’s not quite as attractive as the front view. (Most of us look better coming rather than going) Despite this flaw, the mug is still quite functional, so I refuse to replace it. I am also flawed but functional, so my mug is a perfect analogy for me.

This broccoli salad was created the week before we moved. I had been trying not to shop for any groceries and use up what was in the house, so that we would have less stuff to haul. A lonely bag of pine nuts escaped the freezer purge earlier in the week, so they were added for crunch. A jar of raisins survived the pantry purge, so in they went for sweetness. The top shelf of the fridge held a few Kalamata olives and some leftover pickled shallots. don't throw out the stemsPlease don’t chop the florets off your broccoli and discard the stems. Once you peel the outer woody skin, the inside is quite tender.

I had some help in styling this salad from the talent behind the fabulous Instagram account   @bowlsand beats (where health and hiphop collide). Full disclosure, she’s my daughter and she was home visiting for the weekend.

This was my first try at styling the salad. I wasn’t thrilled with the composition so I called her in to help.salad on white oval plate 1She immediately grouped all the little elements together for greater impact. bowls and beats stylessalad on white oval plate 2Better but not quite satisfied, she suggested we try a round bowl instead. styled by bowls and beats 2Perfect. We shot it with my iPhone for her Instagram page and then we ate!Instagram it

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3 thoughts on “Broccoli, Raisin and Olive Salad with Pine Nuts

  1. Faith Feingold

    Yum and nice styling @bowlsandbeats! Hope the move went well and all the best in your new home! Xoxo

  2. themondaybox

    Is it strange or wonderful that beautiful food tastes better? I just followed your daughter’s Instagram. Her bowls are beautiful, therefore, I am guessing they are also delicious. The acorn doesn’t fall far. What fun to have your daughter home. I hope the move went well, and was far more functional than flawed.

  3. Michelle Marcotte

    Concerning your mug: I have bought a new product that allows me to paint on ceramics, then cure the painting in the oven and it is reportedly dishwasher safe. In my new book (ABC Vegetables – Abecedaire des legumes, an English and French children’s book about vegetables from, I have designed an X out of vegetables. So if you do get a friend named Xavier, you can let me know and I can produce a mug with an X formed from paintings of vegetables! Cheers! Michelle Marcotte


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