"Inspired By Borscht" Beet Soup

Sunday, January 14, 2007

This is the version of beet soup I threw together from stuff in my fridge one night. It was pretty yummy. Hope you enjoy it, too!

I try to serve beets semi-regularly because they are chalk-full of stuff that is good for you, but their vibrant colour and different texture are off-putting for the kids. But! They will eat stuff in a soup they won't eat any other time. This was a hit.

(Tip: To get little kids to eat their soup better, blend it up to a smooth texture with a hand-held blender, and let them drink it through a straw. This works even better if the straws are "bendy" straws, or cool colours, or something.)

Inspired by Borscht Beet Soup Makes approx. 12 cups
©2006 Talena Winters

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. butter
2 large onions, chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 tsp. dill
1 tsp. caraway seeds
8 cups chicken stock
5-6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
½ head of cauliflower, diced
4 beets, peeled and diced
4 large carrots, peeled and diced
3-4 sticks celery, chopped
1 tbsp. Celtic sea salt
Cracked pepper, to taste
Crème Fraiche or Sour Cream

Fry onions and garlic in butter and olive oil until onions are soft. Add dill and caraway and fry for a further 2 minutes until aromatic. Add stock, vegetables and salt and simmer on medium-low until vegetables are tender. Turn off heat and blend in pot using hand-held blender, or put though blender in batches and return to pot. Adjust seasonings, and serve with a dollop of Crème Fraiche.

(Note: Serving vegetable soups with Crème Fraiche, or another animal fat, allows you to digest the nutrients found in the vegetables and absorb them better.)

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  1. Too much beets makes your pee red....
    And in other news - As I'm sure you've heard by now, I'm still at the College. I'm studying Anatomy this semester. So in regards to the trip to visit you guys that I suggested at Thanksgiving, that's kinda up in the air. Reason #1 - I'ts a heavy class, which is no biggie, but if I did come up, it would have to be a short visit. Reason #2 - mom told me your planning on coming down around Easter. I guess that's not really a reason not to come up, but it makes me think. However there's always Reading Week, but I'll have to wait and see how much studying needs to be done in that oh so precious annual school break.
    Love ya!!

  2. Colleen - Mmm... You're right. 'Nuff said.

    Ang - We'll be seeing you later, if not sooner. More is always better when it comes to hanging out with you, but we'll have to eek by on what we can manage. I hope you do well in your Anatomy class. Mom couldn't remember what it was you were taking. Love you!


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