Orange food: Carrot Pie

Carrot Pie for the Dutch King’s Day and Soccer Games

king's dayRumor has it that orange food is really good for your health. Orange also happens to be the national color of my country. Mainly seen during soccer events and on April 30: Queen’s Day.

This year our Queen’s Day will be special because queen Beatrix is resigning and we will have a king for the first time in 132 years. That’s a splendid occasion to make only orange food for that day.

I will give you an orange menu and a really great recipe for carrot cake.

(Recipe is my husband’s, he is the cook)

The best way to start the day; fruit, fruit, fruit for breakfast

fit for life35 Years ago we read “Fit for life” and ever since most of my breakfasts are just fruit. This can be:
1 apple, 1 pear, 1 banana, 1 kiwi, 3 dates and a glass of apricot juice.
Or:
1/2 apple, 1 pear, 1/2 banana, 1 mango, 5 strawberries and a glass of mango and apple juice.

Today it will be:
1 mango, 1/2 orange, 5 dried apricots, 1/2 grapefruit and a glass of orange and grapefruit juice.

Something simple for lunch – Soup

Pumpkin soup is my favorite, but it isn’t the season anymore for pumpkins. So it is going to be peanut soup with tomatoes. That’ll turn out very orange as well.
Some roasted toast with it and I am set.

In some Dutch restaurants they serve a senior dish. That’s ideal for me, because I am not a big eater. In the States nobody will look awkward at you when you order just one dish for the two of you and ask for a second plate. Over here it’s just not done.

Main course – Carrots for dinner

Mmmm yummy, one of the things I love the most to eat: Carrot pie. As you might know from my other blogpost I don’t cook, but this is a dish I could (and sometimes do) make myself.

What you need:

  • Kitchen knife
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes (sweet or normal)
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell pepper (red and yellow)
  • Fennel
  • Oregano
  • Honey
  • Puff pastry (you can make it yourself or buy slices in a package)
  • Cheese (Tom used 3 different kinds here, but one is OK too)
  • Frying pan
  • Water and brush
  • Spring form
  • Oven
  • Oven mitts

Instructions

  1. Cut all ingredients into pieces, not too small. Sautee the garlic and then throw the other ingredients (except the cheese) in the frying pan. Let it simmer for at least half an hour.
  2. Oil the spring form with a little bit of olive oil and line it with puff pastry that you first wet with a brush. Spoon alternately the filling from the frying pan and the cheese in the form. Fold the pastry around the filling.
  3. Bake it in a preheated oven for 45 minutes on 180 degrees C.

cutting ingredients

peeling potatoes

preparing the carrot pie

Cut all ingredients into not too small pieces.

recipe

simmering for half an hour

Sautee the garlic and then throw the other ingredients (except the cheese) in the frying pan. Let it simmer for at least half an hour.

slices of pastry

Oil the spring form with a little bit of olive oil and line it with puff pastry that you first wet with a brush.

filling

Spoon alternately the filling from the frying pan and the cheese in the form.

fold the pastry for the carrot pie

Fold the pastry around the filling.

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Bake it in a preheated oven for 45 minutes on 180 degrees C.

Enjoy your meal (Iknow I will!)

Dessert, or is it desert – I never know

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For desert I (yes, me this time) am making yogurt with carrot juice. I always have the easy jobs!

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Want to have an orange touch to your kitchen or living room? How about a wrapped canvas from my Zazzle store.

All our groceries we buy in the organic and biodynamic store. More specific in Estafette, Breda, the Netherlands. They kindly allowed me to make pictures in their store. “Thanks!”





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