beaucoup potato salad and some camera news

Last weekend, 2.0 and I hosted the 2nd Annual Cat Farm BBQ. It was the bomb. We invited my family, 2.0’s family, and The Rutherfords. We invited The Rutherfords expecting that they wouldn’t actually show up. Imagine our faces when they were the first to arrive.

I learned a couple of things last weekend:

  1. cooking for 15 people is an exercise in time management,
  2. taking photos for your blog when cooking for 15 people is nearly impossible, and
  3. taking photos when your sister and 2.0 are around is stupid.

Almost every picture from the four recipes that I plan to share with you in coming days is crap. I’m not saying that my photos aren’t normally crap, but these particular photos are of Full Scale Crap. Rushed, blurry, some with my sister’s hands in them…

Speaking of crappy photos, I’ve got some news. My brother, who is disgustingly talented with a camera, bought a new, fancy Canon 7D this week. The prices are better here in Canada, so I got to witness the whole event. And guess what else? I am now the proud owner of my brother’s Canon 20D. It’s several years old, but the perfect starter DSLR for yours truly. I’m so, so excited. Like, pee in your pants excited. My pictures might still look like crap, but now they’ll be fancy crap with adjusted aperture and shutter speeds. I’ll continue to squirrel money away for a shiny, new, bells and whistles kinda camera down the road, but in the meantime I’ve got a wonderful new toy to play with.

This potato salad recipe has been handed down to me by Rosie Beaucoup. It’s one of those classic potato salads – nothing fancy or unexpected. I don’t like unexpected in my potato salad. Its perfection is in its simplicity, and it is extremely popular at gatherings. If you would like to be popular at gatherings, you could bring some of this potato salad with you. Alternatively, you could take your top off.

Thanks, Adopamop, for the wonderful camera. It’s the Girth Burger of a lifetime.

You’ll see that this recipe is light on specifics – it’s highly adjustable to taste. I’d use 1-2 potatoes per guest, enough mayonnaise to lightly coat everything, and adjust seasonings according to your preferences.

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Beaucoup Potato Salad

recipe: adapted slightly from Rosie Beaucoup

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For the salad:

  • potatoes, diced and cooked until fork-tender – about two potatoes per person
  • 3-4 hard boiled eggs
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green or red or yellow or orange sweet pepper, diced
  •  a bit of diced radish (optional)

For the dressing:

  • mayonnaise – enough to coat the vegetables well
  • salt (to taste – just a wee bit is recommended)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1-2 teaspoons dry mustard (adjust to taste)
  • a tad of dry dill (optional)
  • a tad of red cayenne pepper (optional)
  • paprika dusted over top of the bowl as a decorative garnish

Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl.

Mix in the dressing ingredients.

Chill until ready to serve.


  1. emmalina73 on July 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Peeeeeeeeeep! That is some major excitement right there. Second hand dslr is the way to go, still mega cool but relieves some of the pressure to be picture perfect asap. I bought mine from my brother in law and it has served me very well. Btw I always think your pictures look great. Imagine what you can do with your new camera! It took me a while to figure mine out but I progressed slowly and got there in the end.

    Can’t wait to see all your fancy pants piccies of the wonderful summer recipes you are making. Yay you!

  2. Renee on May 22, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Congrats on your camera acquirement! Sounds like a sweet score! I’m still in the land of point and shoot but one day I’ll be amongst the cool kids. Your potato salad pretty much screams summer! And that’s a good thing.

    • movita beaucoup on May 23, 2013 at 7:02 am

      Renee, WordPress has done it again! This post is, like, two years old. Sigh.

      Still – the camera is STILL awesome. I can’t believe what you’re doing with a point and shoot. Just goes to show that it’s not the camera – it’s the artist behind it!

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  4. movita beaucoup on May 12, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in August 2011. Happy cooking!