carrot, chicpea, rocket salad

what did i just say? something about no more dinner proper…or something. and yet i couldnt help myself. because of the disappointment and accusations that ensued but mainly on account of my stumbling upon some lovely unseasonal summer carrots, with all the colours of a strange rainbow. and i was drawn to them, like a hungry moth to the flame of a blow torch. once i had them in my cold little hands, what to do with them became the next pressing question. indecision is rife around here, so too self-doubt and a general sense of uncertainty. but come on, theyre just fucking carrots. so i looked in my overflowing, ill-designed pantry and i happened upon some chickpeas. carrots and chickpeas – cant go wrong. i had some garlic floating around (sounds ethereal…it was actually closer to approaching its expiry date..but i picked that little linguistic nugget up from my stories, what taught me all i know.) so i took my floating garlic, picked up some rocket, and decided to roast my carrots and throw it in with the rest. and so i did.

ingredients:

500g summer carrots

4 cloves garlic whole

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

few sprigs of thyme

salt and pepper

couple handfuls of rocket

can of chickpeas rinsed and drained

1/2 red onion finely chopped

couscous – to serve with if you feel it necessary

pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees. prepare your carrots. this was unexpectedly laborious and caused a great deal of physical pain. these carrots are too little for peeling so they need a good scrub.

put them into a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and thyme. then lay them on a roasting tray. i put a little balsamic over the purple ones. maybe because they reminded me of beetroots. but it worked – they are a little rough and can be bitter…balsamic it helps them find their way to sweetness

they will need 20 minutes in the oven, after which time, take them out and turn them around. put them back for another ten minutes. then remove and set aside

then in a separate bowl – make your salad. throw in some rocket, the chickpeas and the onion. people seem to have an aversion to raw onion. i have developed something of a penchant for its intensity and its capacity to overwhelm. you can leave it out but the carrots are quite sweet, the chickpeas have a sort of mild stogy quality and the onion is quite sharp and lifts it right back up. give it some olive oil, salt and pepper and toss to combine. add your hot carrots – careful not to break them and and serve warm.

what was sexy in its origins – became kind of unappealing looking. it tasted delicious. but just so we dont have to end on a poo-brown note, may i remind you all of its aesthetic roots:

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10 Responses to “carrot, chicpea, rocket salad”


  1. 1 Germima May 15, 2010 at 12:37 am

    oh first!

  2. 2 Germima May 15, 2010 at 12:39 am

    sorry, what i meant to say was but come on, theyre just fucking carrots. or did i already say that. they look a bit funny being purple, but thats what happens when you go shopping for food in the basement of David Jones. isnt it dear.

    • 3 mrs peabody May 15, 2010 at 12:45 am

      oh germima dear, youre not of sound mind. remember that chat you had with the nutritionist? what did she tell you about eating gladwrap?

      • 4 Germima May 15, 2010 at 12:49 am

        I dont eat it, silly. and at least i dont wrap myself up in the 45 metre rolls in a vain attempt to lose a post menopausal weight gain…janet.

  3. 5 Matthieu May 15, 2010 at 12:41 am

    well whatever germima, that was a lovely dinner proper and the carrots tasted superb, even with the attached sticks. cous cous and chickpeas, my two new loves….after schleps.

  4. 6 jo May 17, 2010 at 10:43 am

    excellent- DP gets a standing o; graces audience with encore.

    brava, brava!

  5. 7 jo May 17, 2010 at 10:45 am

    but oh, how the chickpeas hurt as they move through!

    my fault not yours.

    • 8 schlepseleh May 17, 2010 at 6:42 pm

      yes snow, chickpeas…the great un-doers. pine nuts too. ever felt a packet of pine nuts move through? they’ll undo you for days. but i wouldnt miss it for the world.

      • 9 Matthieu May 17, 2010 at 11:32 pm

        thats probably on a par with the ol’ uncooked cookie dough that seems to evaporate before its placed into the oven…
        dinner proper tonight, however, is/was a feast and a yummer version of an ottolenghi recipe. always with the ottolenghi, ay schleps.

  6. 10 jo May 18, 2010 at 6:41 am

    schleppo thompson where is the test loaf?


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