Carrots make me think of the American cartoon, “Bugs Bunny,” and I don’t really think of eating them other than, maybe, sliced in a salad or added to a pot roast.
I recently stayed with French friends, where one evening, the entrée/appetizer was Carottes Râpées. I was surprised at how tasty grated carrots can be, not to mention visually appealing. So, here’ s my friend’s recipe, which I am adding to my petit French cooking repertoire:
Peel carrots and grate the carrots (using a food processor makes this easier; result as in the photo), then stir in lemon juice, olive oil, and parsley. Arrange in the center of a plate. Add slices of tomatoes (sprinkled with parsley or pepper) for contrasting color and flavor, as well as for added decoration around the carrots. Quick to make, simply delicious, and healthy!
Vocabulary: a food grater = une râpe (pronounced like wrap)
Voila! Bon Appetit!