Friday, March 2, 2012

Women Game-Changers #37-Severine von Tscharner Fleming- Moroccan Carrot Salad

‘Farming is an attractive path for people who are getting out of school and feeling like there’s kind of a toxic consumerism and not feeling too excited about working for the Man, especially seeing as he’s been spoiling our politics and a lot of our ecology,’’ she said.  (Severine von Tscharner Fleming via NYT)

#36 on Gourmet's list of 50 Women Game-Changers in Food is Severine von Tscharner Fleming-- farmer, activist, and filmmaker...

 based in the Hudson Valley, NY. Over the past two years she has produced+ directed a documentary film about the young farmers who are reclaiming, restoring, retrofitting and respecting this country of ours. That film, titled "The Greenhorns" grew into a small nonprofit organization that currently produces events, media and new media for and about the young farming community. Greenhorns mission is to "recruit, promote and support" the growing tribe of new agrarians. To that end, Greenhorns runs a weekly radio show on Heritage Radio Network, a popular blog, a wiki-based resource guide for beginning farmers, a GIS-based mapping project, and dozens of mixers+ educational events for young farmers all around the country. Greenhorns actively works to provide venues for networking, collaboration and communication within their large, and growing! network. Severine attended Pomona College and University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with a B.S. in Conservation/AgroEcology. She co- founded the Pomona Organic Farm and founded UC Berkeley's Society for Agriculture and Food Ecology and is a proud co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition. (courtesy The Greenhorns)

I was interested in this carrot salad because it sounded:
  • attractive
  • inexpensive 
  • delicious
  • simple
  • healthy
  • bright
  • like it might hold a few days in the frig
  • unlike my mother's carrot salad!
 And it was all of those things.  Even though I had misplaced my Cuisinart grating disc in the move to St. Paul (I know; I'll get another one) and had to grate the carrots by hand, it was a simple chore and done easily.  Carrots grated by hand contain a lot less liquid than carrots grated by Cuisinart anyway, so it was probably the method of choice.  While spring definitely hasn't sprung around here, I kept thinking what a quick and delicious side this would be for grilled food come better weather.  Since nearly everyone likes carrots, including children, it's probably a good idea for a BBQ or potluck dish.  The recipe indicates a one-hour marinating time.  I tasted it right after it was made and after the hour at room temp.  The flavors definitely were damped by the hour wait (cumin particularly); you might want to add a little extra of the spices if  you're going to wait or eat this over a couple of days.  Did I mention this little ditty was scrumptious?  I just couldn't believe that was all there was to it.  But that was it.  Just lovely fresh food.

Wednesday's yard photograph--Not thinking garden quite yet.

Moroccan Carrot Salad
From Winter Harvest Cookbook, a vegan and gluten-free recipe. Serves 6.
  • 1 pound carrots (about 6 medium), scrubbed
  • 2 shallots, chopped fine
  • 2-3 T. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Pepper
  • Dash cayenne
  • 3 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 c finely minced parsley
Grate or julienne carrots. Add shallots and toss. Combine sugar, salt, and cumin and toss with carrots. Season with pepper and cayenne. Add lemon juice and toss again. Marinate for 1 hour. Sprinkle with parsley and serve at room temperature.


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If you like this, you might also like my curried cauliflower


Want to read other bloggers who are following the 50 Women Game-Changers in Food story? There's a lot of good food out there; read on!

Val - More Than Burnt Toast, Taryn - Have Kitchen Will Feed, Susan - The Spice Garden, Heather - girlichef, Miranda - Mangoes and Chutney, Jeanette - Healthy Living  Mary - One Perfect Bite, Kathleen - Bake Away with Me, Sue - The View from Great Island Barbara - Movable Feasts , Linda A - There and Back Again, Nancy - Picadillo Mireya - My Healthy Eating Habits, Veronica - My Catholic Kitchen Annie - Most Lovely Things, Claudia - Journey of an Italian Cook, Alyce - More Time at the Table, Amrita - Beetles Kitchen Escapades

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  1. Yum! A perfect healthy side for a couscous or grilled meat ... I was really impressed by Severine. I'm glad she was on 'the list'. I didn't know much about her before this week!

  2. This sounds like such a refreshing salad! I'm with ya- hand shredding is the way to go to cut back on water. Unless I have to do an extremely large amount of shredding, I pull out the box grater :D

  3. This sala looks wonderfully refreshing and the color helps to brighten this gray afternoon. You really did a great job with this challenge. Severine was one of our most difficult subjects to date but you were able to overcome the dirth of information and come up with a great post. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  4. Nice write-up Alyce! Your carrot salad looks bright and healthy; I've never thought to put cumin in mine.

  5. Carrots seem to be grown in every garden around the world. Great choice for Severine!

  6. This is an interesting salad, love the flavors that go into seasoning it. And all your reasons hold true in loving this little salad :)


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