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August 12, 2005

Cold beet borsht

Dinner last night with Mark and Greta, Piotr, Maya, and Doris. I brought the pedometer and the beet borsht, my way. I peeled beautiful fresh beets from the Greenmarket and put them through my Champion juicer, about 5 medium beets (about 2 cups of juice). Then, I chilled the raw juice in the freezer, along with 1.5 quarts of buttermilk, and 3 hardboiled eggs. Meanwhile, I peeled a big kirby cucumber and scrubbed 3 big crisp radishes, before slicing them in a small julienne on my trusty mandoline. When ready to serve, mix the beet juice and buttermilk (you can experiment by adding more or less of each), a little lemon juice, a little salt and pepper. Some like to add diced sour pickles. Sometimes I add a little horseradish. Greta encouraged me to keep it simple so the flavor the beets would shine.

Ladle the borsht into bowls. Add a little cucumber and radish to each bowl. Gently place the egg in the borsht--shallow soup bowls are nice because the egg does not sink, so you can see the bright white and yellow of the egg against the ruby pink of the borsht--and prinkle with chopped fresh dill and snipped chives. Chives were nowhere to be found, so I used scallions. It was gorgeous! And, to top things off, Piotr recited the passage on chłodnik from Mickiewicz by heart.

Posted by BKG at August 12, 2005 04:49 PM


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