Friday, June 26, 2015

But lunch still has to happen, even in stirring times!

Chop wood, carry water, cook beets!  Still getting my breath back from a couple of stunningly right SCOTUS decisions this week, I came down to earth with Deborah Madison and a beet recipe.  

Full disclosure: I don't like beets, but since they were in my farmshare I felt obliged to at least try a recipe.  




And found to my surprise that I like them very much done this way, with pesto, and red onions and crushed walnuts scattered on, or atop, as recipe writers love to say. The steamed greens form a bed for the roots and the onions. This is really a side dish, but I made part of it my lunch.  And I subbed as usual, walnuts for pine nuts, and rosemary pesto for the marjoram she uses but I don't have any of.

And since the steaming water and the skins were bright red I thought I'd see if they could make a good fabric dye.  I know you can use beets but usually I think you cook them much longer and you use the parts I ate!  

See Art the Beautiful for more on this...here

4 comments:

Quinn said...

I'll be interested to see your dye experiment! I think beets will stain fiber but the color comes right out...maybe I'm wrong about that though. Or maybe you're using it for paper...or maybe I'd better just click through to your other blog and see...

Asha Francis said...

Good on you for finding a beet recipe that you like. I am not fond of them at all.

Asha Francis said...

Good on you for finding a beet recipe that you like. I am not fond of them at all.

Anonymous said...

We three in Cowtown LOVE beets. Used to grow them row on row back east, eating, pickling,cold slicing - you name it. Sometimes trying a new presentation makes all the difference - J in Cowtown