Loam Collaboration: Five Spice Fennel and Carrots
Since fennel is a new vegetable for me, I decided to go all-in by seasoning my locally-grown fennel bulbs using the warm, anise flavors in Chinese Five Spice — so basically, I put more fennel on my fennel!
Chinese Five Spice powder contains ground cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon for spice, plus anise and fennel for a licorice hit. I used a premade mix, but you can also make your own. I recommend this homemade Chinese Five Spice recipe by Curious Cuisinière — it’s an authentic mix, and the authors just look so cute!
If the fennel forwardness of this recipe is intimidating to you, take heart. I’ve added sweet and tangy ingredients, like carrots, honey and lemon, to help balance out the dish. Plus, you’re welcome to tweak the amounts to fit your palette — so your version may have less fennel, more honey, or even the addition of another sweet root vegetable. If you end up making your own twist, I’d love to hear about it down in the comments. 😀
Cruise over to the Loam Agronomics site to get this and other tasty fennel recipes!