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Friday, July 20, 2012

Learning to love beetroot

Up to this point in my life I have actively avoided eating beetroot.  For years I have ordered salad sandwiches, insisting on no beetroot.  I hate the way it stains everything else in the sandwich and runs everywhere.

As a child tinned beetroot was regular dish on our lunch table, especially in the summer time.  It was convenient and had a long shelf life which made sense when Mum was feeding a family on an outback property, hours from the nearest real supermarket.



This year I decided that I needed to embrace beetroot and thought it would be a good vegetable to grow in the cooler months.  I am happy to report I have just harvested a healthy little crop and have been quietly admiring the pretty colours. 




To kick start my new friendship with beetroot I cut a handful into wedges, along with some home grown carrots.  I drizzled the whole dish with olive oil and seasoned with pepper and salt before roasting it slowly in the oven until tender.  I dressed everything with a sprinkling of fresh coriander, sesame seeds and a little more olive oil.  Served alongside some roast lamb I was very happy with the results. 


The earthy taste has given me a whole new appreciation for beetroot.   However, I still cannot warm to the idea of a salad sandwich soaked in purple juice…for now.  


Do you eat beetroot?
Is there any vegetables you just cannot love...no matter how hard you try?
What are you growing right now?
Happy Friday my friends.

15 comments :

  1. I LOVE beetroot, especially roast beetroot. It goes so well in a salad wtih feta cheese. As for brussel sprouts - they are the work of the Devil. Blergh.

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  2. Another beetroot lover here. The tinned stuff is nothing like what you pull out of the garden though, I agree. As with miss piggy, I can't stand brussel sprouts.

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  3. make that three beetroot lovers, especially the roasted variety. I had not eaten real beetroot until i moved to tassie and my dad started to grow it; before then i had only had vinegary tinned stuff. it changed my tastebuds - the earthy flavour is amazing.
    but i LOVE brussel sprouts and every year, i cannot wait til the first ones of the season appear in the shops! there's not many vegies i don't eat... um... never eaten swedes, or kohlrabi.

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  4. Roasted beetroot is my favorite too Jane! I am quite partial to the tinned stuff I must say but fresh from the garden is definitely best! Enjoy searching for new ways to prepare...

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  5. I hate vinegar doused beetroot but adore it roasted, baked in its skin, boiled, raw in a salad or made into a relish to use out of season. Your veg look good.

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  6. i'm a beetroot lover too..especially when it's home grown..and it's so easy to grow i have it in all year round and so i'm rarely without it..i don't like borsch very much but i do like a roasted pumpkin, garlic and capsicum soup made with a little roasted beetroot..it's really good with a dollop of yoghurt mixed with lemon zest..

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  7. I love roasted beetroot the best. And as with all vegies, homegrown is the tastiest.
    x

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  8. My favourite way of eating beetroot is freshly grated, in a little pile on my plate, with sea salt, black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil and a little vinegar. Fancy it up with some orange zest. Yum!

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  9. Okay, so I'm the odd man here. I don't like beetroot (or beets as I know them). I've never developed a taste for them so I avoid them. I also don't like broccoli but absolutely love cauliflower. I guess that's why there are so many veggies out there.

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  10. We all love beetroot in our house Jane any way we can get it, but I am with Kylie one of my favourite ways to eat is freshly grated on its own or added to a salad or sandwich, it has a nice crunch and earthy flavour. The young leaves are delicious in a salad too. I also like to caramelise my grated beetroot with some onions & make a nice relish out of. The only veg that I can`t get the boys to eat is pumpkin but I am working on that...if it`s in a pastie they say they can`t taste it...Your beetroot looks lovely Jane Happy Cooking :)

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  11. Just found your blog and it is lovely! :) Your beetroots look very yummy. I love growing any sort of root vegetable. The only vegetable I have NEVER been able to eat is capsicum. I don't know why, but something in my just makes me instantly gag.
    Sarah x

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  12. you have been a busy little bee! Happy birthdays to our boys turning three, eh!? I made my own pickled beetroot - and my kids devour it. We do not however eat them on sandwiches - we have beautiful pickled wedges with our meat - be it roast or sausages.. I also love it roasted, and there is a beetroot salad that the thermomix does and it is divine. I wish I had remembered to PLANT the darn things in the Autumn! We had so many last year, and none this year! Happy days. xx

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  13. I also used to HATE beetroot until I started growing it (seriously who has positive tinned beetroot memories?!). I started with yellow beetroot first because it was sweeter and tasted less like dirt.
    I now tend to roast it in a foil parcel for a couple of hours till tender in the oven, then blitz in the food processor with salt, olive oil, lemon juice, a bit of garlic and rosemary for a lovely sweet dip / spread. It doesn't bleed like boiled beetroot and is great in sandwiches!
    I don't think there are any veggies I won't eat but I don't go near cucumbers!

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  14. The orange and purple look really tasty together - I'm glad you and the beetroot are better friends after this.

    I don't dislike betroot but it's not a favourite either ... but I do love the recipe on the bbc good food website for beetroot roasted with cumin seeds and feta. Definitely worth a try

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  15. Check out Ben and Birdy 's Bright winter salad - wonderful - I make a big bowl and keep it in the fridge and dress it as I use it.

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane