BRAISED CARROTS WITH MOROCCAN FLAVORS (for four)
2 pounds carrots (about 12 medium), peeled and cut into 3 by ½ inch sticks
1 medium garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of cayenne
1 teaspoon honey or sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, or to taste
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Steam carrots, covered, in a steamer rack set over boiling water until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat.
2. Cook garlic in oil in a 12 inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, honey and carrots and cook, stirring, until the carrots are coated, about 2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste, then transfer carrots to a bowl and cool to room temperature before serving.
adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook