When life gives you root vegetables, make a roast. That’s what I always say. The organic box has been brimming with carrots, parsnips, butternut squash and beets. As much as I love a good roast dinner, I’m not always in the mood for a big heavy gravy fest (particularly because such occasions typically involve way more wine than would be prudent for a school night).
This recipe from Rachel Demuth takes hearty, autumnal vegetables and turns them into a light and refreshing salad. We made this recipe in one of her cooking classes a year or two ago and I spotted it again in the latest issue of food magazine (which also happens to feature my interview with Harvey Nichol’s head chef Louise McCrimmon – check it out!).
The recipe calls for “pomegranate syrup” which is surprisingly easy to find in London’s Stoke Newington, a largely Turkish neighborhood where just about every off license / corner shop sells the stuff. If you can’t get a hold of it, I suspect you could sub some other fruity syrup or sweetener (I wouldn’t recommend maple syrup, however) or perhaps more balsamic.