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Six O'Clock Solution: Roasted sesame carrots are part of a lively, offbeat meal

A vital ingredient, besides the trusty carrot, is gathering together at the table.

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The trusty carrot, available year-round, is a valuable brightener and seasoner for winter meals, but it can also make lively, offbeat dishes, as Trish Magwood’s new cookbook My New Table (Appetite by Random House, $35) demonstrates.

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She includes five carrot recipes among the more than 100 in her book, each offering serious flavour.

Carrot treatments from the Toronto food writer’s third book include: marinate sliced carrots with other vegetables in a tahini-garlic dressing; bake the vegetable with a honey-chili coating or today’s sesame-maple trimming; combine all available vegetables in a catch-all mixture livened up with figs.

The recipes are user-friendly and geared to pleasing a family of all ages. Magwood says a vital ingredient is gathering together at table. As she puts it, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, “We have gained a new awareness about our need to connect with family and friends.” Ksenija Hotic has provided beautiful photographs.

Roasted Sesame Carrots

Serves 4

1 teaspoon (5 mL) za’atar

1 tablespoon (15 mL) maple syrup

2 tablespoons (30 mL) olive oil

1 tablespoon (15 mL) sesame seeds

Salt

Freshly ground pepper

1 bunch (1 pound/500 g/8 to 9 large) carrots, halved lengthwise

1 handful baby watercress, trimmed, or daikon or any microgreen

Plain Greek yogurt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, combine za’atar, maple syrup, oil, sesame seeds, salt and pepper. Add carrots, tossing to coat, then spread out on the baking sheet. (Carrots may be prepared up to this stage several hours in advance.)

Roast uncovered in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until soft and caramelized.

Serve hot with watercress and yogurt.

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