Thursday, February 12, 2009

Carrot Love

By now, you've probably seen half a dozen complicated dishes for Valentine's Day. Okay, so sometimes it's fun to prepare something that takes hours, but other times, we just have too much to do. Here's an easy way to inject a few hearts into your Valentine dinner.

Wash and peel carrots. Then, using a bottle opener (yes, I've tried other gadgets, but a bottle opener is easiest), lay the carrot flat on a cutting board, hold it firmly, and run the bottle opener beak along one side of the carrot to carve out the top of the hearts. Don't do this in a rush or the bottle opener will slip and carve a finger. (No fingers were injured in the making of this dish.) The first couple might be a little funky, but once you have the hang of it, this really doesn't take very long.

Flip the carrot, and shave strips off the bottom side with a peeler to make the bottom V of the hearts. You can be as perfect about this as you want. Use the strips and curly bits in a tossed salad.

Slice the carrots into hearts and cook. If you're bored with your carrot recipes, cook them in water until tender, then pour out the water, and add a couple of tablespoons of apricot jam. Mix and heat for a few more minutes, until the jam dissolves. Stir and serve.

2 comments:

Lorna Barrett said...

Oh, you are inventive! What a lovely idea! Thank you for sharing!

Krista said...

Thanks, Lorna! It's fun and it doesn't take half an afternoon to do, like some of the projects I've seen.

 
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