For people who care about their food

Christmas Carrots

Julienne-cut carrots tied into little bundles with spring onion green shoots

Having made the julienne cuts of carrots, all you need to do is to take the green part of a spring onion and cut it into very thin strips. Then take a small bundle of your matchsticked carrots and tie them up. If you’re clever with your hands, a pretty bow would be nice, but the best I can manage is a granny knot.

The easiest way to cook these little edible ornaments is to steam them in the microwave for a couple of minutes until the carrots are ready.

Yeah, I know it’s all a bit of a faff, but it really does look quite impressive to plate them up beside some hasselback potatoes in a ring around the turkey.

Of course, a carrot isn’t just for Christmas. You can use this idea any time of year when you don’t mind putting a little extra effort into the presentation of your food.

4 Responses to “Christmas Carrots”

  1. Mike the curry fiend

    They look really good. I think I’m going to steal that idea 🙂

  2. Not Delia

    LOL! Presentation of food can be a little bit of a faff sometimes, but if you provide a feast for the eyes then people are already very well disposed towards your food.

    Mind you, some people overdo it sometimes. I don’t like food that looks like someone has been messing about with for hours. Yuk.

    And now for the big question… Will you be able to tie your carrot bundles with a pretty bow, or will you have to go down the granny knot route?

    I can cook (and even draw and paint), but I’m just not one of these people who is “good with their hands” at the more craft-related things.

  3. Mike the curry fiend

    It sounds easy to do the bow but I just know reality won’t quite work out that way!

  4. Not Delia

    Nah, it’s not easy. I used to be able to tie my own shoe laces in ye olden days when I wore shoes. But these spring onion bows are hard to do – for a normal person.

    I wonder if it might be an idea to blanch the spring onions first to soften them up. They’d be a bit more pliable then. I’ll try! Even then, I suspect that such a fiddly job would be beyond my capabilities.

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