I learnt how to make this delicious star anise carrot puree on my lamb cookery course in Malton last year. It’s simple to make and tastes absolutely delicious with any meat. I even made it on Christmas day and it was perfect with turkey.
The star anise gives the simple puree a real exotic flavour. You can also add cream to the mix for an even more indulgent vegetable treat.
Star Anise Carrot Puree
1kg of carrots, peeled and chopped
Milk to cover the carrots in the pan
3 pieces of star anise
Two knobs of butter
How to do it
Place all the carrots in a pan and cover them with milk.
Add the three pieces of star anise.
Bring to the boil and cook on simmer until soft, about 15 minutes – check they are soft before you blend.
Remove the star anise
Add in the butter and use a hand blender to blend the carrots to a puree.
You can make your puree well in advance and simply heat it over a low heat when you are ready to eat.
My beautiful little bunny plate is from Ceramix who do a fabulous range of largely animal-inspired ceramics that come in many different shapes and sizes. I love this one for serving up vegetables and snacks. Find out more at www.ceramix.co.za
I bought my beautiful carrots from the Oranjezicht City Farm Market. You can read all about my visits there by clicking here. It’s open every Saturday from 9am to 2pm at Granger Bay Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
You can also read more about my lovely trip to Malton in Yorkshire last year where I had the privilege of doing a lamb butchery and cookery course. Simply click here.