Black Bean & Quinoa Wraps

IMG_7238Earlier this spring I was catering for a large group, and was asked to provide a 50/50 split of vegetarian and meat sandwiches or wraps. This is so standard now, as many non-vegetarians simply don’t want to be eating meat at every turn.

The vegetarian wraps would need to be sustaining, not just filled with veggies & sauce. I decided to do a mix of beans & quinoa, which would keep these folks energized all afternoon. The resulting mixture made for one of the best wraps I’ve ever had, a good ratio of filling to wrap, with a nice blend of textures.IMG_7214 Continue reading

Peruvian Potato Salad

IMG_2882A friend and I used to provide picnics in our valley. We mowed a small area, set up table and chairs, and laid the table with linens, tableware and flowers.  Guests were asked if they wanted cows present or not.  Almost all asked for them to be around.  We catered for romantic couples, to large family groups looking for an afternoon away from it all to reconnect.  Working away up at the house, we could hear them through the open windows, laughing and talking.  Often they would take a meander through the meadows after their meal, stretching the event out as long as possible.

We were always on the lookout for side dishes that collectively would present a colourful, unique yet cohesive meal.  Here’s a wonderful plated salad from those beautiful summer picnics. Continue reading