Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hump Day

Today was a good day. I had my first session with the physical therapist this morning and I'm happy to finally have my back on the road to recovery (apparently, pretty much every sitting position I like is bad for my back, but I assume I'll adjust eventually).

And then this evening, we ate like Russian peasants, thanks to some beets that appeared in our larder this weekend! By popular demand, the Borscht recipe follows after the jump!

This is quite a bit different from the borscht I had when treated to an authentic Russian dinner last year, but it was still quite yummy and a lovely use for those autumn root veggies! I got the recipe from Lorna Rhodes's Book of Soups. The first thing to do is get someone to keep you company in the kitchen, put some tunes in the queue or find something interesting on TV, because you'll be chopping for while. After that, though, it's a pretty quick soup!

1 onion
2 large carrots
2 stalks celery
1 lb. fresh beets
6 cups strong beef stock
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon caraway seeds*
salt and pepper to taste**
1 cup shredded white cabbage
8 oz. red potatoes, boiled, peeled, diced
2/3 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Julienne onion, carrots, celery and beets in matchstick strips. Bring stock to a boil in a large saucepan. Add vegetables, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, bay leaf and caraway seeds to stock. Season with salt and bring to a bowl. Simmer 20 minutes.

Stir in cabbage and cook 20 minutes or until all vegetables are tender. Season with pepper and again with salt, if necessary. Ladle soup into warm serving bowls. Top with diced potato, sour cream and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Makes 6 servings.

* I left this out. I hate caraway seeds.

** I rarely add salt at the stove. If the soup needs some, it can always be added at the table.

1 comment:

Buck said...

I guess being a Russian peasant wasn't all that bad! I'd probably throw in a pone of cornbread on the side with a tub of butter.

It looks and smells great.