Carrots !

Some interesting facts about carrots …

  • IMG_1817The British eat their way through around 700,000 tonnes of carrots every year – that’s roughly 100 carrots per person.
  • The world’s longest carrot was grown by Joe Atherton from Nottinghamshire in 2007.  It measured in at 5.84 metres – over 19 foot long.
  • An 80g serving of carrots
    • that’s around half a medium-sized carrot
    • counts as one of your five a day.
  • Today purple carrots seem quite exotic, but when carrots first arrived in Britain from Afghanistan sometime around the seventh century AD, they were actually purple.

Recipe ideas with Carrots:-

Carrot and Spring Onion Latke
Latkes are normally made with potatoes.  Carrots give them a delicious hint of sweetness.
Whisk 2 eggs in a large bowl.  Add 500g grated carrots and 3 chopped spring onions; mix, then stir in 5 tblsp matzo meal and season with salt and pepper.
Scoop a large tblsp of the batter into a hot pan and fry at a medium heat until crisp and brown.  When ready, leave to drain on a paper towel and repeat until all of the batter has been used.  Serve with sour cream or crème fraiche.

Carrot Martini

It might not be as cool as 007, but this cocktail is very refreshing.  Blend 500g carrots with 200ml pineapple juice to a puree, then strain.  Add equal part of the carrot puree and orange-flavoured vodka or marmalade vodka to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice, give it a good shake and pour into martini glasses.  Garnish with a twist of orange.

Balsamic Glazed Baby Carrots

This sweet and sticky dish goes brilliantly with roast lamb.  Saute 300g baby carrots on a medium heat in 1 tblsp olive oil for about 10 mins, or until tender.  Stir in 1 tblsp balsamic vinegar and 1 tblsp brown sugar, stir to coat and serve.

(Article from Ocado Life)

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