Algarve Marinated Carrot Appetiser
There's nothing like a trip abroad to open your mind up about what you eat. Here in Ireland, we tend to think of carrots as a stew or meat/veg accompaniment in the winter, and a coleslaw or salad ingredient in the summer. The people of the Algarve in Portugal, on the other hand, celebrate the carrot's deliciously layered slightly sweet flavour by making it an appetiser all on its very own. They soften it slightly, marinate it overnight in garlic and vinegar and oil, then serve it cold with out-of-this-world bread and tuna pate. In a nation like Ireland, where we are so good at growing our root vegetables, it seems a shame not to have a carrot starter as one of our national dishes!