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Some thoughts about carrots

Grated carrots

Today I prepared some carrots. I topped and tailed, peeled and then grated them. Some were huge, some were small and there seemed to be hundreds of them.

This isn’t particularly interesting I know, but whilst I was doing this I kept thinking to myself “If only I had my *insert brand name here* food processor”. There was a great attachment for grating vegetables really quickly and efficiently.

I then scolded myself for thinking this. I intentionally left the food processor in the U.K. as I didn’t use it enough to justify transporting it. I use a wooden spoon for mixing cakes. I really only used it for grating!

Another point I kept reminding myself was that we are here to live a simple life.

Why was I in such a hurry to grate these carrots? I’m not late for a meeting; I don’t have anything urgent to do; my baby is happily playing on his own; my husband is (always!) busy; the washing up is done; clothes are drying on the line..etc etc.

So I took a deep breath and carried on grating.

Yes, my hands are orange. Yes, I made more mess. Yes, it took some time (1kg of carrots!). But, I have the luxury of time and I couldn’t be more lucky.

Carrot and pistachio muffins

Carrot and pistachio muffins

I had some pistachios leftover from Shake’s birthday layer cake and a few carrots from our vegetable box that were turning a little squishy, so the most obvious thing to do (for me) was bake something :)

Baby boy is a lot more settled during the day so I was able to spare an hour or so creating these muffins, which is lovely!

Carrot and pistachio muffins

Approximately 12


150ml vegetable oil
150g caster sugar
3 eggs
170g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
50g sultanas
2 handfulls of shelled pistachios, smashed a little – reserve some for the tops
200g grated peeled and grated carrots


Preheat oven to 180 degreesĀ Celsius/Gas mark 4

Mix the sugar, oil and eggs together in a large bowl

Combine the flour, ginger and cinnamon in a separate bowl (I used the scales!) and stir until spices are distributed evenly.

Add the flour mixture, the sultanas and the pistachios (reserving about half for the tops, if you like) to the large bowl of sugar/eggs/oil and stir well.

Lastly, stir the grated carrots in until just combined.

Spoon the mixture into prepared cases/muffin trays and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until browned and a skewer comes out clean after being inserted.

I’d like to adapt my recipes to use less refined sugar, meaning I’d rather use natural sweeteners like agave syrup or honey. If you have any suggestions, do leave a comment!