Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Roasted Vegetables, Anyone?

Roasted vegetables are one of my favorite things to make and eat. They are easy to prepare and the flavors are terrific. Here are some green and wax beans I roasted this past Summer.

I'll roast just about any vegetable. Some of my favorites are:

Green and Wax Beans
Root Vegetables
Winter Squash

I love them all but I think roasted broccoli is probably the biggest surprise taste-wise on this list. Even the stalks taste good this way.

I prepare all my roasted vegetables pretty much the same way. I toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper right on the baking sheet and put them into the oven. The best temperature for my oven for roasting is around 400-425 degrees. If I happen to have something else in the oven that needs a lower temperature, I just count on a longer cooking time, though I do think the oven needs to be at least 375 degrees. I usually check them for doneness after about 15 minutes. I like the vegetables to get pretty brown so I just keep checking and tasting until they're just the way I like them.

My current favorite roasted vegetable dish is carrots and parsnips with honey. I cut both into sticks. They seem to cook a bit faster this way and you get the greatest amount of browning.

I roast them as described above until they are almost finished. I then put some honey, and a bit of salt if the veggies need some, into the microwave and warm. I then pull the veggies out of the oven and toss with the honey. The pan goes back into the oven for five more minutes. Delicious!

In other news.............

It is winter here! Yesterday morning the our indoor/outdoor electronic thermometer showed 4 degrees. I actually checked 2 other sources to make sure that was correct! It is a shock to the system, but luckily I have my new down coat, which I have named The I'll Never Be Cold Again Coat - and I wasn't.


I've been watching some episodes of The Duchess of Duke Street on Netflix instant watch. I enjoyed the first five episodes and on the sixth, the show was really not about Louisa Trotter at all. It seemed much more like a weekly show with storylines that were independent of one another that happened to take place in Louisa Trotter's hotel. Is this the case with the rest of the show? I enjoy the parts with Louisa the most and felt a bit let down.


I have to have my picture taken tonight for our church directory and I'm NOT looking forward to it. I really hate having my picture taken. My husband and daughter are hugely photogenic and have great smiles and new haircuts. I suggested that the two of them represent all of us, but my husband didn't go for that idea. Oh, well.


Cath said...

Funnily enough we had roasted vegetables tonight with baked ham. I did potatoes, parsnips, carrots, butternut squash, shallots and garlic. I've never thought of roasting green beans or broccoli though. Must try that.

Tara said...

Hi Cath, your dish sounds yummy! The green beans are particularly nice in the winter when the grocery store beans are not at their prime.

Danielle said...

I love roasted veggies, but I tend to stick with the safe ones--like potatoes and peppers. I should try and be more adventurous! I didn't get very far with The Duchess of Duke Street--so I only saw the early episodes of when she was starting out. I'm not sure I'd enjoy it if it was just about her hotel, so maybe I didn't miss much not seeing the later episodes.

LK said...

Yummy!I am trying to be as vegetarian as I can, so thanks for the recipes. I look forward to reading more.

Tara said...

Danielle, I may try to watch another episode of Duchess, but if they continue in that vein I'll probably be done with it.

Hi LK! You are welcome. I love vegetables but I would have a revolt on my hand if I tried to go meatless all the time! Some of the time works well for us.

StuckInABook said...

I roast vegetables obsessively... and you're right, broccoli is such a surprise. Tastes wonderful (I love it boiled too, but roasted.... mmmm) One issue with me - I HATE parsnips, possibly more than any other food (though peanut butter does offer a rivalry) and they so often appear in roasted veg...