28 June 2006

i like to peel it peel it

I love my vegetable peeler!

The other day I was peeling carrots for a salad and I was thinking about how disappointing it is when slices of carrots sift to the bottom of the salad bowl and don’t get picked up by the salad tongs. Sadface.

Then I was trying to figure out a way to present the carrots more prominently in the salad, and I just kept on peeling and peeling and peeling, until eventually, there was no more carrot left to peel, only a beautiful pile of graceful and translucent carrot ribbons. How happy this made me!

So if you have an extra thirty minutes to peel instead of chop, use your vegetable peeler and peel peel peel. The strips turn out looking so elegant with the perfect amount of crunch in your mouth.

These shaved carrots go very well with grilled meats, especially those with Moroccan spice rubs or marinades.

Shaved Carrot with Cilantro and Cinnamon
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (lemon juice works as well]
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cumin
½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
4 carrots

Whisk the first 6 ingredients together in a medium bowl.
Using a vegetable peeler, peel the carrots into thin ribbons.
Add the carrots to the bowl other ingredients and mix.
Add salt and pepper to taste, and/or more quantities of the other ingredients. You should be able to taste the cinnamon and the cilantro, but not so much that you can’t taste carrot.


doodles said...

when I started shaving my carrots instead of slicing or any other way for that matter. I really enjoyed them in the dish. So I started shaving other things like cheeses and apples.
Cannot turn down anything with cilantro....a definitely must try!

Erielle said...

doodles~ a shaved cheese and apple salad sounds delicious, thank you for putting those three words in one sentence! Mmmmm, a sweet apple and some sharp white cheddar? Or a crisp, tart apple and some good shaved parmesan? Yeah!