Friday, May 27, 2011

cardamom rice pilaf - French Fridays w/ Dorie

As often happens with recipes from Around my French Table, this dish will become part of my everyday repertoire. It was easy to make and tasted great. I love basmati rice, but never dress it up. This rice really was good enough to stand on its own. I had picked up lovely wintered over carrots and beets at Langwater the other day and looked in the book to find another recipe I've made before - butter glazed spiced carrots, which used the same ingredients as the rice, so cooking them at the same time was quite simple.

The beets were originally going to be "honey lime beet salad", but turned into "honey lemon dijon beet salad" after I found out I didn't have any limes. Didn't matter, it was still very yummy. The beets and carrots were very sweet and flavorful. As suggested by Dorie, I put the beets over some of the arugula from our CSA order.

Very nice, light, meal to start the holiday weekend. I loved all the flavors together, as did Alan. Shara was in quite a mood, but first impression was a thumbs up for the rice and beets, down for the carrots. 
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