You've got to try these delicious, Honey Roasted Carrots inspired by a trip to Nopi, an amazing Yotam Ottolenghi restaurant in London.
Of course, the best thing has been enjoying the family here and just doing everyday life with them. With four grandchildren, ages seven and under, life is never dull and always full of adventures.We've walked the girls to and from school, wandered through lovely parks, sipped cappucinos at a palace, ridden on the red double decker buses, strolled along the mighty Thames River, checked out the nearby street market, and even found a few fun food props for the blog in the tiny consignment shops along the way. But I have to say, one of the most fun things we did was eating lunch at Nopi! Nopi? Oh yes, Nopi!
After a short "jet lag" nap, we hopped on The Tube (the London underground transport system) and it wasn't long before I was experiencing a dream come true! Nopi was all I expected and way beyond. The Ottolenhghi team has a magical touch with veggies and fresh produce that's incredibly delicious and honestly, beyond explanation. Scott took photos, so I'll just let them explain what I mean.
After the meal, Basia, the very kind and gracious manager of Nopi, enthusiastically offered to take us on a short tour, so we (and you!) get to take a peek into the kitchen of Nopi, where a team of chef/artists and their assistants were hard at work. I truly felt like the kid in the candy shop!
I was so inspired by the whole experience at Nopi, I decided to keep it going by preparing an Ottolenghi recipe for our dinner last night. Josh, our son-in-law, was grilling a deliciously, tender pork tenderloin, and Honey Roasted Carrots w/Lemon Tahini Yogurt Sauce sounded like the perfect accompaniment.
My daughter snitched one coming out of the oven and described these as "like candy"; a perfect description of the tender golden, honey roasted carrots. I'm quite certain these will be a family favorite and they'll always remind us of our wonderful visit to Nopi!
- 2 ½ pounds carrots* don't worry, it looks like a lot, but they shrink up quite a bit as they roast, you'll be quite sorry if you don't make enough 🙂
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds lightly crushed
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds lightly crushed (or a scant teaspoon ground cumin)
- 2 teaspoons thyme leaves roughly chopped (if you don't have thyme, just omit it, the carrots will still be wonderful).
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoon cilantro leaves roughly chopped
- 1 ½ tablespoons tahini paste
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
Heat the oven to 425˚F. Lightly oil two large sheet pans.
Peel the carrots, if needed then halve them lengthwise. Cut into quarters if carrots are fat.
Place the carrots, honey, olive oil, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, thyme (if using), a teaspoon of salt and plenty of black pepper in a large bowl or zippered bag. Mix until the carrots are well coated, then spread out over the prepared pans.
Roast for about 40 minutes, flipping carrots several times, until tender, golden and glazed.
Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a medium bowl, whisk together the tahini, yoghurt, lemon juice, garlic and an eighth of a teaspoon of salt.
Once the carrots are done, place on individual plates while still warm or at room temperature. Top with a spoonful of sauce and scatter over the chopped coriander.
This recipe works better with large, more squat carrots versus long, thin ones. Adapted from The Guardian