Sunday, December 12, 2010

Baby Carrots and Potatoes

I am not quite sure if I will have a nut roast or vegetarian polpettone for Xmas this year, but I thought of having a try with the veggies... and then I could not resist buying these baby carrots! I didn't plant carrots (yet), the carrot bed needs some serious stirring of soil, the clay is all compacted down in my garden, and crooked carrots are so hard to clean! Maybe I will plant some in the weeks to come, for now I enjoyed these :-)

It takes a while to clean the baby carrots, but then they look so cute! I put them in a pan with butter (you can use margarine) fresh sage and a pinch of salt. Just a little stir, while the butter is frying, and then turn the heat off and cover with a heavy lid: the carrots will cook in their own steam, and stay bright orange and lightly crispy.

I washed and boiled the potatoes in salted water until I was able to cut them with a knife (so, not too mushy).
Then I cut them in two or three pieces, placed them in a roasting pan lined with baking paper, added olive oil, garlic, ground cumin seeds, smoked paprika and salt. Straight into the oven for about one hour.

The potatoes were lightly spicy, and the carrot sweet and aromatic, very nice, even without roast :-)

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. The pictures looks so delicious..yumm..I can get the fresh aroma..too.I thought you might like to try this recipe 'cooking with potato' .Sri lankan style..

    Cheers..bon apetit!

  2. Very yummy!
    I do not fing baby carrots but I can roast potatoes using your recipe !
    Have a nice weekend!

  3. Ciao ALe, piacere di conoscerti! Hai un blog stupendo, e ho deciso di aggiungerlo subito ai miei preferiti... certo che vanno ibene in inglese, anzi sarebbe un vero piacere se tu partecipassi! Alla prossima allora, ora che ti ho scoperto non ti mollo più!

  4. I like this potato recipe, I'll try it. The baby carrots look also delicious.

  5. Ciao!
    sono azzurra di grafic scribbles...
    contraccambio la tua visita...
    bellisssimisssssssssimo blog il tuo!
    mi sono messa tra i tuoi lettori.

  6. I really love baby carrot! and tours look greats. love it!

  7. Claudia, mi mettero' al lavoro, e benvenuta Azzurra :-)

  8. The baby carrots look so fresh in your pictures.This is a simple & healthy stir fry for winters.Loved the flavors going in there.

  9. What a great mish-mash of flavors! So fresh and delicious!

    US Masala

  10. Baby carrots just too beautiful cake to eat!

  11. Oh yum. The potatoes look very good. I still have some baby carrots in pots to harvest, but i don't know if the recent snow will have damaged them.


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