Five quick carrot recipes
Carrots seem to last forever and for several months a year I live on a boat so I have learnt a million ways to pep them up. ....
When I am away on a boat in the summer it's hard to make the fresh ingredients last but I like to make interesting salads for lunch every day so I have to be very inventive with fresh veg that really lasts.
Carrots and cabbages along with canned beans are the mainstay of my summer diet so here are my five favourite ways to cook with carrot that are quick and easy and still exciting.
Raw Carrot and Cumin Salad
Simply slice raw carrot very thinly then make a dressing of olive oil with a pinch of roasted ground cumin, a few whole roasted cumin seeds, salt and finally scatter fresh coriander or flat leaf parsley on top. Mix and serve immediately.
Thai Style Carrot and Bean Salad
Slice raw carrot and beans and mix with a Thai dressing which is roughly equal amounts of fish sauce and lime juice (then taste to check that one does not overwhelm the other and adjust accordingly) add a pinch of caster sugar and half a teaspoon of chilli flakes or powder.
Mix through the salad and then top with crushed peanuts. I ideally would also stir in some chopped mint but it's not essential. Do not do this ahead of time or it will leach into a soggy mess and will taste really salty.
Carrot & Cucumber Asian Style
Simply chop big chunks of raw carrot and cucumber and dress with rice vinegar and soy sauce and top with almonds. Yum...
French Dressed Carrots
This is so simple. Just grated carrots with a french dressing - either one you have in your store cupboard or mix three parts olive oil and one part balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and trim with coriander or flat leaf parsley. Actually basil works well in this too.
OK so I decided to put one cooked recipe in here. Boil the carrots until soft then mash.
Stir in a teaspoon of honey then put into a bowl and decorate with pomegranate molasses and serve with lime to squeeze on top. Serve this hot or cold.
Would you like to hear some similar cabbage recipes?