September 25, 2017Target Healthy Eating
1 cup pistachios, shelled, then toasted
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, + more to oil baking dish
1 and 1/4 cups almond flour
4 or 5 medium carrots, scrubbed, peeled, sliced
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 extra-large or large egg
Zest of 1 fresh lemon
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 Pinch salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. With some of the extra butter, oil a pie baking dish, or any low baking dish. I haven't done it yet, but I think a loaf pan would also work well, although, it might be harder to remove a slice from a loaf pan. It might crumble and not look as good on a plate; whereas it's easy to cut a triangle shape, from a pie dish to plate.
3. Clean, peel, slice the carrots. And toast your pistachios. (set aside)
4. In a small deep pan, put the carrot slices, then pour water over them so they're covered.
5. Bring carrots to a boil, over medium to high heat and cook until tender, 15 to 25 minutes. If the water boils away, add more, so that the carrots are always covered, the whole cooking time.
6. When carrots are done, drain them in a colander, then pat dry with paper towel.
7. Now, put the carrot slices into a bowl of an electric mixer and mash them with a fork. It's more work, but you can put them in a food processor and pulse, until the carrots are smooth. Let carrots cool in the bowl or in the food processor.
8. When carrots have cooled down, (use a spatula to scrape out all the mashed carrots into the mixing bowl) add the baking soda and 1 Tablespoon warm water in the bowl of an electric mixer and mix to dissolve.
9. Next, into the mixing bowl, add the butter and dark brown sugar and beat. Get this mixture nice and airy, then beat in the egg.
10. Keep the beaters going, while you add 1 pinch of salt, lemon zest and the fresh lemon juice.
11. Next add the 1 teaspoon of cardamom, beat, then add the carrots and beat until the mixture is smooth.
12. Last, add the baking powder and the almond flour, and beat until the mixture is very smooth.
13. With a spatula, pour, then scrape all of the batter, into your oiled pie dish.
14. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove and sprinkle chopped pistachios over the top. Put make in oven and bake for another 10 to 20 minutes, depending on your oven.
15. Test your carrots by pushing with your fingers. If it pops back easily, it's done. Serve the carrot side dish warm along with any main course. It will go well with lamb, fish, poultry, beef or a 100% vegetarian meal.
We just saw, A Doll's House Part 2, for which Laurie Metcalf won the 2017 Tony for best actress. There were 7 other Tony nominations for this play. However, sorry to say, neither Jules or I liked it. Everyone (the talented people contributing to the production of this play are all awesome) involved in this play, gave it their all, but as far as we're concerned, non of the creativity, saved it. The interesting dialogue between Nora and her daughter, was not enough to carry the play. We found the play boring, too talky and were flummoxed as to how there were so many Tony nominations, including a Tony nomination for best play.
We had dinner in one of our favorite mid-town restaurants, Sardis. It's the one tourist destination that continues to satisfy real New Yorkers, like us. We have the same corner banquette table held for us, each time we go. The staff is exceptionally friendly, food and wine are good, unique theater d?cor is the same for over 30 or more years, centrally located for theater goers; what's not to like?
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