PASTA SALAD WITH CARROTS, ONION, CAPERS AND PINE NUTS or INSALATA DI PASTA CON CAROTE, CIPOLLE, CAPPERI E PINOLI

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Packing up after my mother was not all sad, it was also quite beautiful. I did it with my brother and we reminisced about both my parents and our lives together which obviously brought them closer to us. Now that they are gone, I am able to remember them through all their ages instead of just seeing the vulnerability of age and illness and that is a great gift that death has given me. I packed up all the things that will be sent down here and I am very happy to be able to bring things from my parents home into my own, they are sadly lacking now.
Another positive thing is that I seem to have landed a photo exhibition in Sweden for September, a very dear friend has been fundamental for this as she has pushed me onwards and encouraged me. Anyway, until we have established the exact dates I cannot not really believe that it will actually take place but I wanted to share it with you.
And a third good thing is that I am waiting for my new camera to arrive, nothing too fancy but so much more pro than what I have been using so far. Not that I am particularly into the technical side of photography, on the contrary I think photography is too dominated by which cameras you are supposed to use and such instead of the drive to find your own visual language and to learn to see. Which is a continuous work-in-progress. Fortunately.

pasta salad with carrots, onion, capers and pine nuts

But this is also a food blog, something that hasn’t been that obvious lately but today I do have a recipe for you! This is my last entry for this month’s HotM which has Salads as its theme. Pasta salads are good but can be slightly boring after a while so I wanted to come up with something different, something that made me want to continue to explore the possibilities of pasta salads and I think I have succeeded! I used black spaghetti but that is not necessary, nor is the spaghetti form although I do like to use it instead of the usual fusilli or conchiglie. I hope you enjoy it – I’m off to make another pasta salad!

pasta salad with carrots, onion, capers and pine nuts

PASTA SALAD WITH CARROTS, ONION, CAPERS AND PINE NUTS or INSALATA DI PASTA CON CAROTE, CIPOLLE, CAPPERI E PINOLI

carrots, approx. 1 per person
mild onions, 1/2 small one per person
capers, 1 tsp per person
pine nuts, 1-2 tsp per person
lemon or lime juice
herb salt
extra virgin olive oil
pasta, cooked and rinsed in cold water

– Cut the carrots into long thin strips, I used a mandoline to make it easier. Chop the onion and mix carrots, onion and capers in a bowl. Add lemon juice, herb salt and olive oil, mix and then let it rest for a little while before you add the pasta.
– Add the pine nuts, stir well and serve!

pasta salad with carrots, onion, capers and pine nuts

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