Kevin the Carrot’s Christmas Caper’s – 3 make ahead side dishes for Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

Aldi have featured Kevin the Carrot this year in their Christmas Advert, and I personally think they have hit the mark – not only with their advert, but their Christmas food collection.

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These cute Kevin’s flew off the shelves, and the lovely thing was, 100% of the profits from the sales were raising money forย Barnardoโ€™s.

 

Anyway, today I thought I would do a little celebration of the humble Carrot – Go Kevin!!

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Carrots in honey and orange glaze – a little twist on your traditional Christmas dinner side.

This is a lovely side dish for the main event in Christmas Day, they are sweet, savoury and beautifully shiny, it looks like you have gone to a lot of effort when they are no harder than boiling them.

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For this quantity (to feed 3), I took 3 large carrots, topped and tailed them, washed, halved lengthwise and cut on the diagonal and into a lidded pan.

img_1719Add 200ml water, 2 tablespoons of honey, 25g butter, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves.

img_1727Simmer for approx 10 minutes, you will hear the butter start to sizzle, stir though, then add 300ml Orange juice, stir and put the lid back in and cook again for 5 minutes – season to taste, they will go beautifully glossy and taste amazing. Don’t tell anyone, but I cook these the day before and reheat in the microwave ๐Ÿ˜‰

Grated Carrot with a lemon, Dijon vinaigrette. This one is a particularly delicious way to use up Kevin’s little buddies.

 

This is a more sophisticated side, sweet carrot, with the subtle kick of Dijon mustard and lemon juice- we have this with antipasti – deli meats, olives, marinated peppers, homemade ciabatta- just thinking about it makes me hungry ๐Ÿ˜

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I use my Magimix for this, number 2 grating blade.

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Top and tail 2 large carrots, wash and but into 3, place into the feeder tube and press down whilst pulsing/grating.

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This takes seconds, don’t worry if you don’t have a Magimix, just use a box grater and mind your fingers ๐Ÿ˜‰

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In a separate bowl, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard, the juice of half a lemon, a touch of salt and pepper and some finely sliced parsley, then dress the grated carrot – this is one of my favourites.

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Delicious Homemade Coleslaw – so simple and a real crowd pleaser ๐Ÿ˜‹

Whilst you have you Magimix out, grate another couple of medium carrots, then change the blade to number 2 slicing blade.

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Peel a medium brown onion, and cut in half, pop into the feeder tube and press down whilst you pulse/slice.

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Then take a quarter of a large white cabbage and again feed into the tube (you may need to cut it smaller, mine is the XL version) and finely slice.

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In a large bowl add 2 heaped tablespoons of mayonnaise a shake of salt and pepper, mix together then mix through you grated and sliced veg.

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Add more Mayo if needed, taste and season – I seal in a lock and lock box in the fridge, it will keep for a good 3/4 days, so you can make ahead – another job off the list.

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Thank you for Aldi for paying for the ingredients.

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Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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