Carrot, Orange and Poppy Seed Bake

Frank, Paul and June teamed up to make a side dish called Carrot, Orange and Poppy Seed Bake in the South Arm Cooking Club for seniors. This recipe requires lots of cutting. While Joan and Joyce teamed up to make the Cranberry Fruit Compote, Joyce decided to help this team to do some cutting as her recipe is fairly simple and Joan can watch over it by herself.


The poppy seeds add texture and flavour to this recipe and counteract the slightly sweet flavour of the carrots.


  • 1 1/2 pounds carrots, peel and cut into thin strips
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh orange juice
  • a handful of raisins, optional
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • orange rind to garnish



  • You may substitute cumin with 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice and 2 teaspoons chopped thyme.
  • You may substitute orange juice with lemon or lime juice and garnish with the respective fruit rind.

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carrotorangepoppyseedbk-15-300x200Soak the leek in a big bowl of cold water to wash away sands if there is.
carrotorangepoppyseedbk-13-300x200Mix together the orange juice, honey, garlic and cumin in a bowl or measuring cup.
carrotorangepoppyseedbk-12-300x200Cook the carrots and leek in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 5 to 6 minutes. Drain well and transfer to a shallow ovenproof dish until required.Top with raisins if desired.
carrotorangepoppyseedbk-11-300x200Pour the orange juice mixture over the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper.Cover the ovenproof dish with foil and cook in a preheated 350F oven for 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

Remove the foil and sprinkle with poppy seeds.

Garnish with orange rind or thyme sprigs (if using thyme) and serve.

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