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Carrot & Pea Mélange


Carrot & Pea Mélange

This week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), we are saying good bye to our featured chef, Chef Jacques Pépin! The past six months with Chef Pépin has been great as we learned new techniques, gained new favorites, and cooked classical French dishes.

 
To say Au Revoir to him, I cook his simple and beautiful toddler-friendly Carrot & Pea Mélange.

What's a Mélange? Here's a little excerpt from vocabulary.com: Why call it a mixture when it can be a melange? A tricolor vegetable melange makes even carrots, peas, and corn sound like gourmet cuisine. A melange is any combination of anything, but the word always heightens the glamor quotient.

The French have a way of making simple words sound like romantic entreaties of love. Call any random assortment of things a melange, or as it's sometimes spelled, mélange, and voila, you've given it a sparkle that plain old words like combination, mixture, and blend just cannot convey.


Recipe from Jacques Pépin's Carrot and Pea Mélange.


Ingredients: 
(Serves 2) 

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup water
1 cup carrot, 1/2-inch cubes
Pinch of dried mixed spices
Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups frozen baby peas, thawed
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter

How to:

1. Heat up oil in a deep saucepan. Add onions and cook until they are lightly browned for about 2 minutes.

2. Add water, carrots, and mixed spices. Cover and simmer gently for about 10 minutes. Then, add salt, pepper, and peas. Bring the mixture to a boil for 2 minutes.

3. Stir in the butter just before serving. Best eaten with steamed rice or boiled pasta tossed in extra virgin olive oil.



I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, Au Revoir Chef Pepin! (Until We Meet Again!).


10 comments

  1. I like the concept of melange. Can't beat the sweetness of peas and carrots in a vegetable dish.

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  2. Looks yummy! I love the vibrant colour of the dish!

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  3. A feast for the eyes as well as the palate. What child (or adult) could resist such a colourful and pretty dish.

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  4. I love the word melange and will have to try adding it to my vocabulary just to make people smile:) Peas and carrots is always welcome on my plate. I love the combination of colors and flavors. Always pleasing to the kids as well!

    This reminds me of a Giada dish with pasta,peas and carrots that we love. I think it's called Pastina with Peas and Carrots. I'm betting that if you liked this then your family would love it!

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    1. Thanks for the idea Kim! I gotta look up for Giada's Pastina with Peas & Carrots recipe. ;)

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  5. Melange does sound more fun than mixture! ;-) This does look like a very family-friendly dish and a perfect way to send off Chef Pepin.

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