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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Food journal number 46: Beets – I like mine plain

Beets. The New York Times hailed them as "the new spinach". They're cheap, they're healthy, and they make your pee bright red. I'm in a beetroot phase right now so I thought of writing some food entries featuring beets until I the day I get tired of eating them or I run out of beetroot ideas. Last entry's feature was beetroot salad sandwich with meatballs. This time we ate our beetroots plain.

It's not the pre-fab stuff this time. We actually bought some beets from the grocery, scrubbed them, halved them and boiled them...

And that was pretty much it, actually.

Beetroots. Plain. With butter and salt. Who would have thought that it would taste like corn with butter?

This "recipe" for eating beets comes from Marcus' grandfather. When he was alive he liked his beets to be eaten this way. Pretty unimaginative, you might say, but since few things – and especially very few root crops I know of – are delicious on their own, why not appreciate them as they are?

One of the articles in the week-long NYT special on beets say that "the best reason to eat a beet is because you like the taste". They write:

If you, like Ms. Parker-Pope [an NYT Health writer], have never made beets, then yes, you really are missing out. It’s easy to love fresh beets, and not just for their nutritional advantages. Beets have an earthy, hard-to-define flavor like no other vegetable’s, one reason they so often appear on high-end restaurant menus.

Hmm... "Earthy, hard-to-define flavor"... Yum...

Seriously, beets are good. And they're apparently high up there in the superfoods list too.

It takes 15-20 minutes to boil beets, depending on their size (you can half them to shorten the boiling time). Just slightly cover them with water and bring the water to a boil. Lower the temperature and just let the beets boil gently for the rest of the time or until you can poke a fork into them. Drain the water, slather on the butter and sprinkle in the salt – a great appetizer or evening snack!

Another way of eating beets plain comes from that NYT beet-article. Here the beets are roasted in the oven instead, which they think is easiest because the peels come off easily. I personally like eating potatoes, carrots and beets with the peels on though (since isn't most of the nutrition sitting there?). They also recommend eating it on it's own or, if you prefer it, dressed with a vinaigrette. Plain beets are also a good companion to green salads.

Oh yes, and it's true about that bit that it makes your pee bright red – there's even a name for it.


Anonymous Lara said...

it tastes like corn with butter? really??? we should try it then!

8:25 PM

Anonymous Lara said...

update: jaakko said he has tasted it and doesn't like it all. so...no go... :)

3:58 PM

Blogger Ahoy! said...

We had more beets today... beet soup (borscht, or rödbetssoppa). I love beets! Is it just me?

4:04 PM

Blogger Batteris said...

I don't get it...you're not from Swdeden? You live there? I don't get anything.

2:33 PM

Blogger Ahoy! said...

Batteris: There isn't anything wrong with living in Sweden while not being from Sweden, is there? :-)

I moved here 3 years ago. Marcus though has lived in Norrköping for most of his life.

2:50 PM

Blogger Leplume said...

I used to hate beets when I was a kid and now I love them! Funny how tastes change when you grow up! :)

3:29 AM


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