Carrot Stick Bundles Tied with Seaweed

by on May 16, 2006
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For the past week, I have been enthralled by Japanese Vegetarian Cooking by Patricia Richland. I resisted buying this book for a while because I already had The Art of Japanese Vegetarian Cooking and wasn’t very happy with it. It made Japanese food look so difficult and time-consuming to make that I began to think that any Japanese cookbook would be the same. But Richland’s book is completely different: The recipes are fairly simple, many requiring less than six ingredients, and they make good use of fresh vegetables. I keep going back through it and finding dishes I want to try, so you can expect to see many little Japanese vegetable dishes, such as this one, in the weeks to come.

Carrot Stick Bundles is a good example of the kind of simple vegetable side dish the book is full of. I actually tried to fancy this one up a little by adding ginger (I love the taste of ginger with carrots) but I don’t think it added much, so feel free to leave it out.

Carrot Stick Bundles

I’ll admit that bundling the carrot sticks was trickier than I thought it’d be; my sticks were more slender than they should have been, so they turned out a little on the limp side. I used a mandolin to make them uniform, but they would have probably come out better if I had cut them with a knife. What I think I’ll do next time (and these were tasty, so there will be a next time) is skip the bundling and make little carrot “haystacks” with the nori cut fine and sprinkled on top. Unless I’m having company I want to impress!

Kid-Friendly Note: My daughter, who usually prefers her carrots raw, ate 3 of these and would have eaten more if we’d had any.

 

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1 js June 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I missed this the first time around and just found it while searching your vegetable recipes. YUM. This one’s a keeper.

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2 Tracy May 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm

They look awesome!!
Do you think this would work well without the oil? say sautéing veggie stock?
Thanks!
Tracy

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3 Susan Voisin May 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Sure, it just won’t have the sesame flavor. At only 1/4th of a gram of fat per serving, the sesame oil provides a flavor I like, but I wouldn’t run out and buy it if I didn’t have it. :-)

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4 Tracy May 22, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Thanks so much Susan, we don’t have it and are trying to stay oil free (Engine 2/FOK). Thanks again :-) Tracy

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