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Old 02-09-2009, 11:53 AM   #1
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Making vegetables more flavoursome?

Hello i had some vegetables years ago in a resturants carrots which where cooked with some sort of seed or spice which added new dimensions to the dish. I was wondering if you chefs knew what spices once could add to veg to bring them to life.

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Old 02-09-2009, 12:00 PM   #2
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Dill and butter work well with carrots.
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:30 PM   #3
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  • I like to cook carrots in about 1/2 cup of wine, then stir in some parsley and a squeeze of lemon.
  • In stir fries, I use some sort of sauce, always different, but usually has soy sauce and sherry.
  • Roast vegetables in a little olive oil and fresh herbs.
  • For cauliflower, I like to add some whole cumin seeds to hot oil before I roast or fry it.
  • In general, fresh herbs and, often, lemon juice are welcome additions.
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:32 PM   #4
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glaze with honey or something like that..
parsley or nutmeg works well with carrots and potatoes... and nutmeg with broccoli and cauliflower also..
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:35 PM   #5
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Ive had it in Indian restaurants with cumin seeds. Definitely puts a twist on it .
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Old 02-09-2009, 12:44 PM   #6
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The sky is the limit really. You can use any herbs or spices you like with veggies.
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:11 PM   #7
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yeah cumin seeds i think gives the taste a slap in your mouth .

Herbs and butter are equally nice , i like the dill addition.

With cumin seeds do oyu fry them till they make a noise then just toss on the carrots after they are cooked
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:19 PM   #8
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I prefer my carrots sweet with brown sugar and ginger. I know it's not very healthy but I love the taste. To this day it's the only way I can get my daughter to eat them.

If I'm eating healthy I steam them and add garlic to the steam water. It imparts enough flavor to make them taste good enough to get them down. Of course, a ton of butter always helps but that defeats the purpose of steaming, IMO.
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:34 PM   #9
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I have also had carrots with a very subtle vanilla taste in an upscale french restaurant - didnt really like it though.
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Old 02-09-2009, 01:49 PM   #10
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I have also had carrots with a very subtle vanilla taste in an upscale french restaurant - didnt really like it though.
Carrots are a great veggie because they can be made both sweet and savory. The vanilla would be a product of the sweet, I.E. carrot cake. That plus some ginger would be an interesting combo.
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