These sweet and spicy carrot fries were born this afternoon after my dad and Rosemary came to visit bearing gifts from their fall garden. In addition to a bag of Meyer Lemons, a basil plant and assorted baked goods and homemade jellies, there was a huge bag of carrots with dirt still clinging to the roots. Merry Christmas to ME!
It has been exactly one year since we made the move from Beaumont to the hill country. We love it here, but there are three things I miss about Beaumont, Texas. 1. The AMAZING people – (we seriously miss you guys) 2. Chaba Thai Restaurant-unexpected town for great Thai- but I assure you it’s there, and I miss it 3. Our Garden. Not much room for a garden in our current rental. BUT, our builder assures us we are FINALLY going to break ground on our dream home January 4th. I am jumping up and down on the inside!!! All I want for Christmas is to start on this house! With 6 acres, we will have room to grow whatever our little hearts desire. Well, whatever our hearts desire that can take the Texas sun and that the deer won’t eat. More on that later. For now, I’m just grateful for garden gifts from my friends and family. Back to these sweet and spicy carrot fries!
These are awesome because. 1. They are incredibly simple 2. You can play around with the spices 3. Easy way to get your kid (and mine) to eat some veggies.
It’s also an excuse to use my closely guarded maple syrup that a friend brought us back from an East Coast vacation. It’s like candy. I could drink it. I could bathe in it. The brand is Stuart and John’s – they hand make this amazing stuff in New Hampshire and I have recently discovered that they SHIP! Stocking stuffer ideas, anyone? Link to their website here. This is also another pretty delicious organic option I like that I recently found at my local grocery store. As much as I love this stuff, I don’t like my carrots super sweet. These are not “candied carrots”. They still taste like carrots, with a little caramelization from the sugar and a spicy kick from the cayenne.