Exactly how many carrots are to a pound depend on the size of the carrots, but if you have 24 lovely little carrots, or about 3 pounds (2 1/2 pounds for cooking and a 1/2 pound for snacking) you can make some carrot salad for the days that remind you that although the Dog Days are over, summer isn’t really over quite yet, and some carrot soup for the days can get chilly and tell you Fall is coming soon, just not as soon as all the pumpkin flavored everything that is available would seem to indicate.
¾ cup dried chick peas or white beans
1 or 2 garlic cloves
1 ½ pounds carrots
1/3 cup olive oil
¼ cup vinegar –wine or cider
¼ – ½ cup chopped parsley
1 or 2 cloves garlic, crushed
Scallions OR fresh cut chives or garlic chives (you might want to omit the garlic cloves if you go this route)
1 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon ground cumin or ground coriander
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
And/or 1/3 cup minced fresh dill
- Cook the chickpeas or the beans with the garlic. Drain well.
- Peel the carrots, or merely scrub them well if they’re very fresh and thin skinned. Cut them into thin, flat matchstick pieces, 1½ inches long by ¼ inch wide. Steam them for 5 – 10 minutes – just tender.
- Rinse under cold running water and drain well.
- Combine olive oil, vinegar, herbs and spices in a large bowl.
- Add cooked beans and mix well.
- Add cooked carrots and toss gently.
- Cover tightly and refrigerate.
CREAMY CARROT SOUP
2 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into rounds
4 cups broth
1 cup white wine
½ cup ricotta cheese
½ teaspoon celery seed or dill seed
Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook onions and garlic in butter over medium heat until translucent.
- Add carrots and cook. Covered, another 5-10 minutes, until the carrots start to sweat (the juices start to come out of them).
- Add broth and wine, raise heat.
- Bring to a boil; lower heat and simmer until the carrots are soft.
- Puree mixture in a blender or a food processor.
- Put the puréed back in the pan over low heat and add ricotta, celery seed and salt and pepper to taste.
- Heat thoroughly and serve.
Makes about 2 quarts.
From A Musical Treat: Good Food is Music for the Palate. Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteer League. 1995. p.49.This is a recipe I contributed. It’s an amalgam of several different recipes that finally became mine.