Sunday, August 17, 2008

Straight from the Crate

This week’s CSA crate was packed with color. There were carrots, beets, corn, little red tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini squash, onions, and peaches.

Opting for a mostly vegetarian dinner, I Googled “carrots beets soup” and came up with this recipe to deliciously blend some of that color.

Carrot, Ginger, and Beet Soup
Serves 4

– 4 medium-size beets, peeled and cut into chunks
– 1 T. olive oil (mine was basil-infused)
– 1 medium-size onion, chopped
– 1 pound carrots, coarsely chopped
– 1 T. minced fresh ginger
– 3 garlic cloves, minced
– 6 cups water or vegetable stock (I used half and half)

Heat oil. Saute onion. Add carrots, ginger, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes. Add beets, then water/stock. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. Puree soup in batches in blender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

A nice shade of red, don’t you think?

It paired well with sliced cold chicken breast served with a lemony sauce. Dessert was a fruit crisp made with white peaches, fresh figs, apricots, and blueberries.

15 Comments:

Blogger Kristin said...

Beautiful!

Thank you so much for dropping off my crate! I look forward to fresh, wholesome goodness just as soon as I decompress from the drive (and the weekend).

8:37 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kristin -- I felt a little odd leaving a crate of fruits and vegetables right outside your door, but I'm glad it was still there when you returned! I thought there was a better variety and more produce this week. Enjoy!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Oh boy, I just read Pauline's post about food and now yours. As I sit here hungry and waiting for the water to boil (to make pasta) I am 'tortured' by all of this fine food floating in the blogosphere. It looks delicious!

9:40 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Gary -- Nothing I make is very complicated! I do like it when something looks as good as it tastes.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Mo said...

Two humongous "yays!" One, for the fact that you participate in CSA (yay!); and two, for this awesome-sounding recipe (yay!). I can't wait to try it.

11:45 PM  
Blogger Dizzy said...

that sounds completely delicious

and its so bright red! quite startling

i should think that might taste good chilled too

6:07 AM  
Blogger bulletholes said...

The color?
Yeah, if you are looking for a fingernail Polish!
The color seems a bit unnatural to me. What color were your beets?

9:08 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Mo -- I love the whole CSA idea. It's like getting a surprise package each week when I pick up our crate!

Dizzy -- The recipe actually said that it could be served hot or cold. As I eat the leftovers later today I will find out how it tastes cold.

Bulletholes -- What kind of an adventurous spirit is that? :) The beets were BEET red. The carrots were CARROT orange. This is the result and I think it's quite interesting as a color!

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Barbara,
I have been reading your blog since the day you retired! It just happened to be the day I stumbled upon it! We appear to not to live to far from each other!

I wanted to let you know of a cool website for making use of the CSA veg. COOKTHINK.COM allows you to put in random ingred's and will give you nice recipes. It also allows to to find recipes based on your mood! :)

I dont have anything to do with them. Its just another blog that I read! :)

10:13 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Laura -- I love the discovery of a new reader! The site you mentioned is quite intriguing. I would love to meet you for coffee sometime if indeed we don't live far apart. If you are interested, you can e-mail me at barbara.diskin@verizon.net. In any case, thanks for introducing yourself and welcome to my Blog!

10:25 AM  
Blogger Kellyann Brown said...

Soup looks very good, but soup in August? I guess I am more of a Fall/Winter soup person! The color is fantastic!

10:58 AM  
Blogger bulletholes said...

I used to love to eat the crysallized Violets in the Bake Shop at the hotel I worlked at.
The Pastry chef would accuse me of eating them and I would claim innocence and she would say
"Whats the Purple all over your lips then?"
and I would say
"Beets"
and give my most innocent look.
Really would piss her off

11:02 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kelly -- Try it cold in August if you reserve hot soups for the winter!

Bulletholes -- Remind me never to believe you!

11:10 AM  
Blogger lettuce said...

hello

twas me,on dizzy's computer....

6:15 AM  
Blogger mouse (aka kimy) said...

sounds like another winner of a recipe - and tomorrow is the day of the farmer's market!!

11:23 PM  

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