The following post was written by my mom, WWW. Thanks, mom!
twin scoops, carrot sorbet
This week, the babies are the length of a carrot (I guess a medium sized one? Carrots come in all sizes!). As I brainstormed at my kitchen table, I decided not to post recipes that are usually associated with carrots. So….no carrot cake (although David's Alyssa just sent me an amazing one with almond flour…I’ll post it at another time). No carrot raisin salad. No carrot soup (since I have already shared two with you). I wanted to think outside the box and find unique carrot recipes that would be both delicious and fun. I had no idea how creative people can be with carrots and found such an amazing array of incredible recipes that I had to really think about which ones to share, eventually whittling my findings down to three. Here are the results of my carrot voyage.
carrot fennel risotto
When I found this recipe for Carrot Sorbet in Vegetable Love, I was intrigued. I love the combination of carrots and ginger but have never made sorbet before. In fact, I haven’t used my ice cream maker for years and had forgotten that we even had one--stored in a cobweb-covered cupboard in the garage. I also had forgotten that we had a juicer (I know…my memory is going) and almost bought the carrot juice for this recipe in our local organic food store as was suggested in the instructions.
I really got excited when I brought these neglected machines out of their hiding spots and must say, had a blast making this UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS, TRANSCENDENTLY ORGASMIC (GGC: cough!) treat. I only wish that Archer and Fable had been here to make it with me, but I’m looking forward to making it again the next time they are here. I cannot imagine something more fun to cook with little ones!
Note: You don’t need either an ice cream maker or a juicer to make this sorbet. The directions below tell you how to make it without the ice cream maker and you can buy your carrot juice at a health food store (don’t use pre-packaged carrot juice from grocery stores as the juice isn’t as delicious and fresh).
A couple of suggestions: Although incredibly delicious, my sorbet was as hard as a rock (GGC: cough, cough!) after several hours in the freezer. I went online to find tips for making softer sorbet as I am a sorbet-making virgin. This website by Zoe Francois gives you a couple of suggestions on how to keep the sorbet creamier…One is using a couple of tablespoons of alcohol to keep it from freezing solid. (Not enough alcohol to change the taste or make anyone drunk). The other tip is to use more sugar syrup. Zoe offers a great way to check for the correct density by floating a whole egg in the mixture. This would be an awesome experiment to do with kids, too. Check out her ideas if you want creamier sorbet. Otherwise, if you don’t mind letting it sit out a little or eating it before it freezes solid, make the recipe just as it is.
(from Vegetable Love by Barbara Kafka)
1 cup sugar
3 oz fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
(about 14 thin slices)
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 cups carrot Juice
Bring to a strong simmer over low heat. Cook for 20 minutes. Strain and refrigerate. There will be about 1 cup syrup.
Stir the lemon juice into the syrup to liquefy it. Combine with the carrot juice. Churn the carrot mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions until it has the texture of soft ice cream.
Transfer to a container and place in the freezer for one hour. Or, if no machine is available, put the mixture in ice cube trays and freeze until almost hard throughout. Put in a food processor and process until just smooth. Store in a container in the freezer. Top with ginger if desired.
Carrot Fennel Risotto
4 cups homemade or boxed vegetable stock
(I used Trader Joe’s for this)
2 T brandy
1 ½ cups diced fresh fennel bulb (about 1 large)
2 carrots, diced
½ cup chopped yellow onion
2 T olive oil
1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
1 cup good quality white wine
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
½ cup minced fresh Italian parsley leaves
Stir to coat, cover, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside, uncovered, when fork tender. Meanwhile, in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium heat, heat 2 T olive oil and add rice when hot, stirring to coat.
Add the wine and stir until absorbed:
Add hot stock, ½ cup at a time, stirring constantly until absorbed each time:
Add the vegetables, basil, and parsley with the last addition of stock and stir.
When stock has been absorbed and the rice is creamy and tender, transfer to a warmed serving bowl. (Add ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired). Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley or fennel sprigs.
***This carrot spread is a fun and delicious way to serve carrots, as either a lunch spread or as a dip. I experimented around with several versions and came up with this one…It’s really addictive! Serve with crispy crackers or open faced on a piece of toast with some greens on top.
Roasted Carrot Spread
1 ½ lbs carrots, ends removed
3 T extra virgin olive oil
2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 minced garlic cloves
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 t sweet paprika
1 t ground coriander
½ t salt
1/8-¼ t cayenne, depending on how hot you want it
Drizzle with 1 T of the olive oil, and mix to coat. Roast at 425 for 10-15 minutes or until soft, turning once.
Mix until smooth. Can add more lemon juice or more oil if it is too thick. Serve with crackers or as a spread on bread.
For anyone who lives in the San Diego area, I will be teaching a class on Simple Changes to Sustainable and Healthy Eating at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club on June 21st from 11-2. Anyone interested can sign up here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. An evening class will be coming, soon!
Also, I HIGHLY recommend the movie Forks Over Knives, based on The China Study, now playing in select theaters.