FFWD – Spiced Butter-Glazed Carrots

These days, the light disappears before I even realize it’s afternoon. Rain is forecast as far into the foreseeable future as meteorologists are willing to predict. Not even the unseasonable warmth seems to make up for the dark and the wet. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed.

But that’s not all of it. Often, the predicted rain falls while I am asleep and I wake up to sunshine, warmth and clean air. Even when that’s not the case, the darkness and the rain can be beautiful. It’s just a matter of perspective.

This is what I tell myself when I get frustrated. Like today, when I’m running late with everything and nothing’s working quite as well as it should. Except for dinner. Dinner is terrific tonight. The spiced butter-glazed carrots are so good they might almost pass for dessert and they make a great companion for Sam Sifton’s Asado Negro.

And if you were still hungry afterward, though I’m not suggesting you would be, you might turn to page 36 of the current edition of Edible Vancouver and finish your meal with some pots de crème.

We’re doing things a little differently again for the month of December. We’re still posting weekly, but people are free to post this month’s recipes in any order. You can find many other blogged descriptions of this month’s FFWD recipes here: LYL: December 10


9 thoughts on “FFWD – Spiced Butter-Glazed Carrots

  1. Glad you liked the carrots. Mine came out OK. My timing was off with the rest of dinner because it took a while to boil off the liquid. The snow is cute, especially on the pretty flowers in your blog header 🙂 Too bad you don’t have any real stuff. We’ll be having plenty here soon enough in Boston.
    A couple weeks ago, I asked you about favorite cookbooks. I’m not always so good about checking back on my comments. I also like the Moosewood books. I have a huge crush on Mark Bittman and really enjoy his books too. He makes everything so easy. I really like his latest, The Food Matters book because he reduces the meat in everything, which I try to do anyway.

  2. i made these carrots in september, and i loved them too! they were especially good cold and stuffed inside a warm gougere…

    thanks for reminding me that even these dark rainy days are beautiful! they just feel…dark….and rainy….blah

  3. I am so happy to hear that you had success with the carrots. I really wish I could have liked them, as silly as that sound….but I know that with a cookbook this large I simply can’t call them all favorites (and that doesn’t make it a “bad” recipe). No matter how tired I am come the time to try one of the recipes, I am glad to have made the commitment to keep trying new ones. The time passes too quickly otherwise. And I also love the snow on your blog 🙂

  4. @Betsy – I’m going to have to get into the habit of posting replies to people’s blogs, it’s true. I love Mark Bittman as well and try to think of meat as a side dish to healthier parts of the plate.
    @Summer – glad you liked the post!
    @Tricia – I think it’s impossible for us to like every recipe in the book, since it’s so varied and comprehensive. I’m really enjoying the challenge and commitment. Glad you like the snow! 🙂
    @More orange; I agree!

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