Friday, 27 May 2011

Beetroot!

Last year I grew tons of beetroot.  In fact I was totally sick of the stuff by the end of summer.  I really love it when it is young and sweet, boiled until tender and served with a white sauce (which turns pink as you eat it)... very yummy.  But you can't eat the same vegetable every day, served in the same way.

I made wine with the beetroot water - and I have to admit that it has been relegated to cooking wine, we are not that experienced in the brewing department (yet!).


I pickled some - and it's still going strong.


...and I cooked some, removed the skins, and then popped them into the freezer where I forgot about them for ages and ages.


I guess there is a shelf life even on frozen foods but hey ho... rather than waste them I defrosted a couple of bags.  They did not look especially enticing.

So.... looking for inventive ways to serve them up... I made this....


Cold beetroot soup.  Seriously this is great!  I whizzed up the beetroot with a couple of dollops of sour cream.  I added about half as much again of vegetable stock and then put it in the fridge to chill.  When totally cold I served it with a dollop of sour cream, some peppery watercress and a sprinkling of black pepper.  All that was missing was the hot summer weather that a cold soup requires but I am sure it will turn up eventually... it is still only May (just).

Now I am wondering why I havent planted any beetroot this year... well not yet anyway, still time.

5 comments:

  1. Very inventive, I like experimental food. I used up all my beetroot seeds last year and had a good crop. Haven't bought any seeds this year and have just sown loads of peas and beans, left over from last year. Ilona

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  2. Betroot can be added in a chocolate cake, look up a recipe somewhere. It tastes amazing and you can't tell it is a beetroot.

    For tricky children it is a great way of getting some much needed vitamins into kids!

    I love betroot I would have no trouble eating it everyday, you can press it for juice. Slice it very thinly and roast it for tasty betroot crisps.

    Mmmm red red goodness.

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  3. Beetroot cake is something I made a lot of last year. I loved it, very moist and sticky - great with cream, alas not everyone in the family agreed with me! I like the sound of the beetroot crisps, I have never tried that. Mmmm. Now, where are those beetroot seeds?

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  4. http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2011/06/beautiful_beet_cake_recipe_vid.html

    Saw thhis and thought of you.

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  5. thank you Lorna... by the time I tried to look it up... it had gone... but it's the thought that counts! lol!

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