Friday, 26 August 2011
I don't always cook things in the English Kitchen that are incredibly rich and scumptiously fattening, like cakes and cookies. Occasionally I also cook vegetables!
Actually I cook vegetables every day. I just don't always show them to you. We actually eat a fairly healthy diet most of the time. I only ever rarely fry anything . . . and most of the cakes and goodies I bake get given away to friends and the missionaries.
Todd does eat some of them of course, but with there only being two of us in the house . . . it would go off before it would get eaten and so I gift it. I have tastes too . . . and I adore them, I really do! (All the more reason to give some of it away!)
I don't mind giving it away and don't look at it as a waste. I get a lot of pleasure out of baking and gifting . . . and tasting!!
Today I cooked some fresh carrots from our garden in this delicious manner. I can't take credit for the recipe. It is from a Waitrose booklet from several years ago. Oh my goodness, but they are some good.
Sage and lemon . . . not just good with chicken and fish, but utterly scrumptious with carrots as well!
*Carrots with Sage and Lemon Butter*
Crispy tender carrots with a sage and zesty lemon butter!
12 sage leaves, chopped
the zest and juice of one lemon
1 pound of carrots, peeled, trimmed and sliced
30g of butter (2 TBS)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Put the chopped sage leaves into a pestle and add the lemon zest. Season with some salt and black pepper. Pound together with the mortar and then stir in the lemon juice. Put the carrots into a pan of lightly salted water. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until crispy tender. Drain well. Return the carrots to the hot pot. Add the butter and the lemon/sage mixture. Toss everything together and them pour into a heated serving bowl to serve. Delicious!
Have any of you tried this yet??? It's incredibly good and makes a good change from plain old rice. I think it's also rather good for you as well! Low GI and all that. I highly recommend!!
Over in Oak Cottage today there is a delicious Chicken and Butternut Squash Gratin that might grab your fancy!