I grew up hating baked carrots. The only kind I had ever eaten were super sweet, sickly, maple glazed carrots, baked until they were completely mushy. I can’t tell you how much I disliked those. Because of that, for a long time, any time anyone mentioned baked or roasted carrots I immediately explained that they were one of the few things that I didn’t like. Somehow though, I have been introduced to the real glory of roasted spiced carrots. Most of the time, they snuck onto my plate as a side dish at a restaurant (and I am more opposed to leaving food on my plate than eating some less than tasty vegetables). It’s also funny how much your tastes can change as you get older. Sometimes the version you had as a child is not a very good representation of what the dish could be and sometimes your taste buds just evolve (olives!). Either way, I try to remind myself to stay open to things that I think I hate, just in case something changes. The other night, I was reminded of the change in my opinion of roasted carrots when I went out to a spanish tapas restaurant and I had delicious roasted spiced carrots: perfectly spiced, ‘al dente’ and slathered in a flavourful sauce.
Ok, I’ll admit, the Kohlrabi doesn’t play a more or less important role in this slaw than the other vegetables. So, why does it get a starring role in the title of the recipe you ask? Well, because I was so excited to be using it! I received my CSA box and in it was a little kohlrabi, that I had no idea what to do with (and that beautiful purple spring onion! Can’t get enough. Is it normal to get this excited over produce?). I tasted a little piece and it basically tasted like a hard, crunchy piece of cabbage. It definitely isn’t as strange as it looks. I also read that you can use its leaves in the same way that you use kale or another winter green. So exciting!