Weekend highlights + Spicy Pickled Carrot Recipe

Freshly sharpened knives make me want to chop, slice, dice everything in sight. Happy, happy!

Got my knives sharpened and tested them out on every unsuspecting fruit and vegetable in sight.

Picnic vibes + American Psycho w/@brocksteady @nwells29.

Picnicked at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a viewing of American Psycho.

Purple asparagus and corn frittata//pickled carrots//smokey ancho salsa


And yes, brunch–the most important meal of the day.

Now I leave you with a recipe for spicy pickled carrots, which we enjoyed both at the picnic and at brunch. I have a few more left for taco night tonight. They are addictive.

Spicy Pickled Carrots


1 bunch of fresh baby carrots, peeled and halved (or about 2 pounds of large carrots peeled and sliced on the diagonal into ½” thick pieces)

2 1/2 cups water

2 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns

1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds

1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon whole cumin

1 teaspoon red chili flakes

2 bay leaves

3 serrano peppers (or more if you’re a spice hound), halved

1 onion, thinly sliced

Salt to taste



Combine all ingredients except for carrots in a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat. This will give the spices a chance to flavor the brine and for the sugar and salt to dissolve. Taste the brine to adjust for acidity, sweetness, and salt. It should be a little on the tart side. Add the carrots and turn the heat to low. Simmer for about five minutes and remove the pot from the heat. Let the carrots cool in the brine and transfer to the refrigerator to chill. Enjoy!

20130520-165439.jpg(photo credit: Nadine Wells)


  • Karan Zadoo

    30 May 2013 05:05 pm

    Hi Julie,

    First of all just got more understanding of food or shooting food after seeing your images and then the description on the blog. I am a photographer for half a decade and love to travel and have made some excellent work in bits. But recently met another senior and told me to fall in love and then shoot. Well I did some food earlier but once after falling in love with it I am getting crazy and collecting ways and styles to capture. Telling you all this was a bit of introduction to me and my connect to you. Inspirational work.

    • julieleecooks

      30 May 2013 05:05 pm

      Hi Karan! Thank you for reaching out. I love the way food and photography connect people.

  • Karan Zadoo

    12 Sep 2013 02:09 pm

    Of course Julie. I love them both.


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