Brandy Carrots

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Brandy carrots

Brandy carrots

Carrots is one vegetable that is always available in my house mainly because we make carrot-apple juice almost everyday. That’s our breakfast…..a healthy start to each day. Give a try if you haven’t. It’s very refreshing and delicious. A 250ml cup of carrot-apple juice is very filling too. You can add other types of vegetables to it too when you juice. I love to add celery while my daughter loves to add beetroot. For more on juicing, do check it out at my Health section where you can read more about the best juicer, the different types of juices, the importance of juices and alternative therapies.

Salted salmon with fried rice

Salted salmon with fried rice

Carrots is actually very versatile. You can cook it in many ways and add to many other dishes. I always add them to fried rice, curry or mixed vegetables. The latest addition is to stovies in my previous post, ie Scottish Food - Salmon Stovies.  Not only is it delicious but it adds colour to any boring dish. It’s a good way to add loads of vegetables. My favourite vegetables added are sweet corn, peas and carrots. For more other delicious fried rice, please check out at:
King Prawns And Herbs Fried Rice
Delicious Spam Fried Rice
Homemade Salted Salmon With Fried Rice And Rice Noodle Soup

I love the bright colour of carrots. It speaks of health. There are many health benefits of carrots such as anti-cancer, anti stroke. carrots are also important for eyes, heart and skin and can even lower cholesterol. To me, carrots is like a champion vegetable, loaded with nutrients. Carrot juice has been widely used in many alternative cancer therapies.

Sharing with you something interesting. Here it goes:

Patient “I am sick”.

Physicians responses:
3500 years ago - “Here eat this root”
2500 year ago - “That root is heathen - say this prayer”
150 years ago - “That is superstition - drink this potion”
50 years ago - “That potion is snake oil - take this pill”
15 years ago - “That pill is no good, take this antibiotic”
Today - “that is not natures way - here eat this root”

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, who coined the Hippocrates Oath said in one of his famous quotes,

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. It’s very true. There are so many illnesses and diseases that could have been prevented with better nutrition and better lifestyle.

Peel and slice the carrots

Peel and slice the carrots

This carrot dish may look simple but it comes with a beautiful brandy aroma without the alcohol. The sauce was really tasty. The chopped coriander gives an added fragrance. Just adjust the seasoning according to your taste. I will definitely be cooking this dish again.

Here’s my very simple brandy carrot recipe.

3 carrots (peeled and cut into rings)
1 big onion (peeled and diced)
2t brown sugar
1/2t salt
1/8t pepper powder
2-3T brandy
3/4C water
chopped coriander to garnish

Cooking brandy carrots

Cooking brandy carrots

Heat up some oil in a frying pan. Add the diced onions. Fry until fragrant and translucent. Add the carrots and water. Cook on medium heat until the carrots are quite soft, or according to the texture that you like. Add all the rest of the ingredients except the coriander. Stir for a while. Dish up and garnish with the chopped coriander. Enjoy. It’s great with rice, noodles, pasta or even some roast.

This is a lovely, healthy dish to serve during parties or dinners. It adds beautiful, natural colour to the table. A great dish for vegetarians too.

I do hope you are eating and living healthy. Till then, see you in my next post.

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-Flavia Weedn

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Belinda @zomppa  on April 16th, 2012

Carrot-apple juice sounds wonderful! I love how you salted the salmon - the fried rice is what I would wish I had for lunch.

Swathi  on April 16th, 2012


This boozed carrot looks delicious.

suituapui  on April 16th, 2012

Not really a fan of carrots. For one thing, they’re expensive here. Radish or what we call white carrots can detoxify. Those on medication should not eat. I wonder if carrots have the same effect…

Mary  on April 16th, 2012

@Belinda @zomppa - Wonderful to know you are eating healthy. The salmon fried rice is very delicious. Maybe you can give it a try. Hope you like it :D

@Swathi - Thanks very much, Swathi! :D

@suituapui - Yes, I have heard about the radish and its effect on medicine. Hey, it’s so coincidental…am eating radish kuih now! :D I made it this morning. Late night supper…hehe. By the way, I have not heard about carrots and its effect on medication. I only know it’s very nutritious. Oh, how can you not like this wonderful carrots! Next time just pass to me :D

somewhere in singapore  on April 16th, 2012

Everything is so yummy yummy!!!

faye  on April 16th, 2012

Re white radish and carrots.
I recently asked my chinese doctor on this exact issue. This is his response, that white radish has very cooling effect, whereas the red (orange) colored carrots are okay.
I had made some chicken soup with the usual,onion, celery, carrots and because I had a radish, I added it in, the soup was phenomenal, very sweet. However, after the 3rd meal, I got severe low blood pressure, I became so sleepy immediately after food and fall alseep right away, and was still very tired the next day even after 10 hours of sleep. So, be careful, not to overeat anything, specially one with weak stomach, that is me.

love cooking  on April 17th, 2012

This is really special. Rarely see any recipe that using brandy, most are using wine. Probably we can add more other vegetables like broccoli. Love it. Thanks! :)

lena  on April 17th, 2012

so many health benefits of carrot, there’s no reason why we shouldnt take them :))

tigerfish  on April 17th, 2012

Brandy carrots? Will I get drunk? :p

Jeannie  on April 17th, 2012

Yep, I like to add carrots to almost every vegetables stir fried dish or soup that I cook, they are so versatile and colorful! Your brandy carrots is something different from my usual repertoire:D Great to learn another way to cook carrots!

eileen@hundred eighty degrees  on April 18th, 2012

I am sure the sauce is tasty!

noobcook  on April 18th, 2012

the brandy aroma must be heavenly with the tender and simmered carrots :D

Drick  on April 18th, 2012

Mary, I just adore this recipe - so many times I shy away from cooking carrots as I tire of pan-fried in butter, simple steamed or simmered, so boring… this recipe brings back memories of how my momma cooked carrots, a memory I had forgotten, thanks so much…
happy health to all

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on April 18th, 2012

I adore carrots…this recipe sounds fantastic with brandy!

Cheah  on April 18th, 2012

Your carrot dish is unique…. with brandy! Never tried before, normally I will only use brandy to make chicken wine. So sweet of you to share, Mary!

claudia lamascolo  on April 18th, 2012

Great recipe Mary… this looks terrific!

Mary  on April 18th, 2012

@somewhere in singapore - Thanks very much, Sharon! :D

@faye - Faye, thanks very much for sharing about the radish. I heard from my parents and elders before that we should not take radish and medicine together but I didn’t realise it has such a strong effect on the body. I am so glad you are aright now. I think carrots doesn’t have that effect. I hardly use radish except sometimes for making a type of savoury radish cake. But one of these days I am going to cook like your chicken soup. Sounds very delicious But I will remember your warning :D

@love cooking - I haven’t tried with broccoli test. Got to try that one day. I’m sure it will be just as delicious…mmm :D

!lena - Yes, do include them in your diet :D

@tigerfish - Haha….no, you won’t get drunk. That’s what I like…hehe. The cooking causes all the alcohol to evaporate. Otherwise I would have been drunk in the first place :P

@Jeannie - Whah…you are an even greater carrot lover than me! But I think I eat more carrots cos of the juicing :D

@eileen@hundred eighty degrees - Yes, the sauce is really good. Next time I will make more sauce. So nice to drink :D

@noobcook - You are very right. I just love the smell and taste :D

@Drick - Aha…..I cooked what your mama cooked….smiling widely here :D That’s so interesting! Wonder what else your mama cooked :P

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@Cheah - Haha….I just wanted to try it out. So glad it came out well :D I must add to soup, too, like you. Must be very delicious….mmm.

@claudia lamascolo - Thanks very much, Claudia! :D

Mistletoe  on April 18th, 2012

Now this is an interesting dish. I never thought to cook carrots with brandy before. Now I wonder what else I can cook with brandy. Teehee. Always makes me happy to cook with alcohol. A little in the dish, a little in the chef. The best part…by the end, none in the dish and all in the chef. Haha. Loving this dish! Anything meatless and I’m all over it. Yummy in my tummy.
Btw, LOVE your carrot apple drink. Never tried it with beetroot though. Must give that a try some time. Talk to you soon! Hugs!!!

Sophie  on April 29th, 2012

What a great & tasty side dish! :) We love our brandy over here too & to add it in cooking is an added bonus!

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