Thursday, June 17, 2010

Beets, The Magical Veggie

Tonight for dinner G roasted a chicken (all on his own, and it was delicious!).  We roasted some asparagus and some beets, and then sauteed the beet greens.  The only way I had ever had beets was in the veggie crisps (chips) in England.  The beets were my favorite though, so I thought I would give it a whirl.  
Oh. My. God.  Um, for those who know me, I love corn (That's a mild understatement, I tend to eat all corn on the cob within a 5 mile radius).  And beets.....they're like bright pink corn.  Amazing!  I tried stealing G's slices and he nearly stabbed me with his fork.  The beet greens were okay, more bitter than spinach or chard (according to G, neither of these has passed my lips much before either).  I wasn't a huge fan of them, but I'm willing to eat them until I am.  Tonight I drizzled on the hot sauce to eat them.  That worked out really well!
We had some white wine with dinner, then finished with an espresso.  Immediately we went into clean up mode, and I tore the chicken apart for soup and salad tomorrow and some pasta on Friday.  Then I took the carcass, some onion, carrots, celery, leeks, beet juice, and asparagus cuttings and boiled it all to make stock for tomorrow night's soup.  Smells scrumptious, and I'm proud of the person I've become.
This is not the women I would have envisioned myself as.  I have always baked and done well with that, but the more rustic cooking?  Um, no thank you.  I envisioned a faster life, one that now turns me off with it's overwhelming consumerism.  I like nice things, I do.  But I prefer to wait, make sure I want it, save, and then buy something to last.  I prefer fresh veggies, and non-hormonal meat (because who doesn't hate a chicken with PMS?).  I'm still living a very chic life, my frugal ways are what allow me the nicer things.  I've just recognized that to me, a great dinner with good conversation with interesting people is more chic than all the Louboutin shoes in the world.

2 comments:

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I never had the beet greens before either. Also, I'm sure I will need some hot sauce too. Although, I had cauliflower greens before and their so delish. You go girl with rustic cooking!!

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