Carrots with Orange Sauce


My grandmother didn’t really like plain vegetables – they needed to have some sort of treatment to make them truly delicious.  This is a classic example of the sort of side dish she would make for friends.


  • 12 carrots
  • 1/2 c orange juice
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 2 t flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 T grated orange rind
  • 2 T butter (optional – this will give a richer taste and smoother texture, so omit for a lighter taste)

Combine orange juice, sugar, flour, rind and salt. Add butter if using. Cook for 5 minutes over low heat stirring constantly. Steam or boil carrots until cooked through but not soft.  Pour sauce over to serve. This recipe will serve 8-10 as a side dish. I usually make half.

About baking bohemian

My name is Jen and I am the baking bohemian. My blog identity comes from the cultural background of my mother’s family, (Bohemian), and my mother’s more left wing lifestyle (bohemian). The big ‘B’ Bohemian refers to the rich cultural heritage of our family that emigrated from Bohemia when it was still its own country (it now comprises two thirds of the Czech Republic). Food featured prominently in the family and broader social life of that part of my family. No social interaction was without sustenance, and any celebration, large or small, was an invitation to cook up a storm. My own family emigrated from the United States to Australia when I was a child. For the most part we lived with our mother, and my dad eventually moved back to the US. The little ‘b’ bohemian relates to the semi-alternative lifestyle we led with our mother. I hesitate to refer to her as a hippy, for that conjures up so many misconceptions, but certainly she was on that side of the fence. She was probably more eccentric than radical at the end of the day, but she could really cook. We always set extra plates at the dinner table because inevitably people would visit at dinner time. I started cooking when I was about eight. Cookies. Obviously I was motivated by desire! I loved cooking, I loved that the kitchen was always, in every way, the heart of the house, so I was always part of anything else that was happening while I was cooking. I loved people loving my food. With all the different things that I have done in my life and am interested in, food has remained my most consistent and enduring passion.

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