Voulez vous mangez les betterave avec moi?

December 14, 2006

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Heidi just ate beets in France.  Unfortunately, they were not serving them at any restaurants she went to, so it was canned beets for the first three days.  Things turned around for the beeter on the 4th day with a visit to the Marché Bastille, where they were selling both uncooked and cooked beets. 

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Beetza!

December 14, 2006

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Beetza is Sarah’s wonderful creation.  Add some sliced (cooked) beets to a high quality frozen cheese pizza before baking, and voila!  Adding some goat cheese too makes it even beeter!

Beets in Song

December 1, 2006

Beet It, Michael Jackson

We Got the Beet, the Go-Gos

Anything by the Beetles

The compositions of Ludwig van BEEThoven

Beets Every Day–FAQ

December 1, 2006

Q: Aren’t you worried about turning purple/red/pink?

A: That is such a racist question, we aren’t even answering it.

Q: How many days have you missed eating beets?

A: None, so far!

Q: Is your pee/poop turning red?

A:  Are you a six-year-old, asking strangers about their bodily functions? (oh, and the answer: sometimes)

Q: Do beets have any relation to hotdogs?

 A: Beets are basically the anti-hotdog. Scientists have recently begun to call beets “nature’s cold-dog”:

“In stomach cancer patients, when scientists compared the effects of fruit and vegetable juices on the formation of nitrosamines, cancer-causing compounds produced in the stomach from chemicals called nitrates, beet juice was found to be a potent inhibitor of the cell mutations caused by these compounds. Nitrates are commonly used as a chemical preservative in processed meats.”

Q: What are the ideal growing/soil conditions for beets?

A: Beets like a relatively cool and even climate (60-65°F). As for soil conditions, Stephen Nottingham (author of Beetroot) says:

“Cultivated beets are tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, but they grow best in open sunny sites on well-drained light, moist, friable and fertile soils. For beetroot, deep sandy loams are ideal, especially those with a high organic content, which supplies natural fertilizer and retains its moisture. Rich moist fertile soils produce the best roots, although heavy clay soils may hinder root development. Although beets can be grown under most conditions, for optimum or profitable yields the application of fertilizer or lime is sometimes required… The application of fresh manure, however, is not recommended when preparing the ground for beetroot, because it can induce the formation of multi-fang or thong-like roots instead of a single thick and symmetrical taproot. Heavily manured or too-rich soils can also induce cultivated beets to bolt.”

Thanksgiving Beets

December 1, 2006

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Everyone ate beets–both pickled and in this salad–for Thanksgiving at Heidi’s house. The salad consisted of roasted beets, goat cheese, a simple olive oil/lemon juice/shallots (sauteed first) dressing, and it was topped with chopped pistachios.

day one: pretty salad

December 1, 2006

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You think its pretty? Gosh, thanks! I made it myself!

Day One got off to a rollicking good start with a simple beet-centric salad. This one is all about the romaine, raisins, cashews (roasted/salted), carrots and whatever else was lying around to complement the BEETS. And the delectable curry lime dressing which has been my salad crack since July. Here’s how to make the dressing:

2/3 cup canola oil

3-4 Tbsp lime juice (lemon, orange are fine too)

2 Tbsp curry powder (acknowledging that “curry” is a  weird term)

2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger (or more! you can fly if you eat enough of it)

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp sea salt

Scrabeetle

November 30, 2006

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Where it all be(et)gan

November 29, 2006

November 21, 2006

sarah wrote: we should have links for various recipes and other beet-related things, like the world’s healthiest foods site which is awesome! i’m so excited that you are into this too!!

heidi wrote: WH Foods is awesome. Thanks for letting me know about that. I like their idea for grating beets and adding that to salad or soups. I made borscht in the slow cooker a couple of weeks ago, but was very underwhelmed by it. I’ll try it on the stove sometime and see if that works better. If we get that down, we could always make a big batch of that and freeze it. That would be an easy way to get the beets in for a day.

sarah wrote:

check this out!

heidi wrote: sounds delicious, but i don’t deep fry things. that kind of takes away from the health aspect of the beet challenge, doesn’t it? I’m wondering about dehydrated beets. do they exist?

sarah wrote: i will deep-fry, on occasion. i will use canola oil when i try this recipe. i wonder what beet french fries would be like?? i just checked the terra chips website; they do not use beets! the red ones are ruby taro root! shit! i’ll investigate freezedried.

heidi wrote: Damn on the chip front. maybe we need to write terra. beet fries sound delicious! Would they get crunchy though? Maybe not–even on that Indian recipe, you put something else on the outside for the crisp factor.

I want to try beet cakes–grated beets, bread crumbs, egg, and maybe some pureed white beans–coat with panko bread crumbs and pan fry???


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