Boistfort Valley Farm
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Carrots Boiled with Orange, Garlic and Herbs

I really enjoy what limited exposure I get to Jamie Oliver. I have watched a few YouTube videos and really admire his style and his excitement about teaching children what good food is. Here's a simple recipe from his website:


  • 1 lb carrots, sliced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small bunch thyme or other herbs (see below), tied for easy removal
  • 3 cloves garlic (no need to peel)
  • Pinch of cumin
  • 1 medium orange


dish: side
season: fall

Boil the carrots in salted boiling water with sugar, butter and a little handful of fragrant fresh herbs, tied up. Parsley, rosemary, thyme, bay -- use just one or a mixture. Cut an orange into eighths and add them to the water, along with a few whole garlic cloves in their skins. If you really want to be a little tiger, add a pinch of cumin as well (seeds or ground) -- it subtly cuts through with the most wonderful flavor. As soon as the carrots are cooked, drain them, discard the herbs and all but one of the orange pieces, squeeze the garlic out of its skin, chop the remaining orange piece finely and toss with the carrots, some seasoning and a little more butter. The flavor will be incredible. Another idea is to fry the chopped-up orange in a good tablespoon of sugar, so it almost jammifies, and serve this on top of the carrots. These two flavors together are one of the coolest things.