It's not pizza.

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I don't usually write about food. 

But when I do, it's because I think I am a genius and I figured out how to make something that looks like a *real* chef made it. 

I have been ordering fresh organic fennel in our Spud grocery delivery for the past few weeks. I like the idea of fennel. I like that it smells and tastes like licorice, which is my all time favourite food on the planet (but the REAL kind, salty and Dutch). Tonight I finally figured out a simple, easy and delicious way for us to enjoy it. 

And when I say "figured out", I definitely mean I googled 'roasted fennel' and found this recipe on Epicurious.

I'll break it down for you:

Step 1: Chop up your fennel bulb into wedges. 

Step 2: Toss the fennel wedges and some baby carrots with a bit of water, olive oil, salt, pepper and fennel seeds and then lay out on a shallow baking pan.

like this

like this

Step 3: Bake at 450. Covered with foil for 10 minutes, uncovered for another 10 minutes (toss them around a bit) and then on the top rack for the last 10 minutes. 

Step 4: Enjoy the yumminess that is Roasted Fennel. 



My kids kept asking me if we were having pizza for dinner, because apparently that is what roasting fennel and baby carrots makes your house smell like. The dish was a definite hit with 3/4 of us, with the fourth one not digging the "burnt" fennel parts so much. Even with Mr. Picky-pants' feedback, I am still going to include more fennel bulbs on our weekly Spud orders, because easy and delicious is totally how I roll around here. 

Like I said, I am a kitchen genius (of the Googling kind)!


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