Monday, August 15, 2016

Three ways with Beetroot

I love beetroot.

Mum grows way too many veggies for her and Dad. I secretly think she loves to just grow stuff, so she can give it away.

If I was as good as growing veggies as her, I want to grow it all too. 

Beetroot's the latest thing she's sent me home with. I've said I love it, haven't I? I don't think I have said how crappy I am at growing it myself though. I am trying.

I made a couple of jars of beetroot relish with it. A beetroot and ricotta tart too, based loosely on this recipe, which was delicious by the way. A little ugly to look at, like something you'd serve at Halloween, but delicious all the same. I might use less beetroot next time, or even try it with pumpkin or some other veggie. I will blog the recipe when I get it right.



I still had beetroot to use and a brain wave to bake with it. I went to google for a recipe for Beetroot and chocolate cupcakes and found this one for muffins.



I ate these over a few days. Summer helped. After a couple Izzy cottoned on, and mentioned that the chocolate tasted funny. Dang! No fooling her. 

I thought they were fucking amazing! I was in heaven with every bite, and seriously, you would hardly know there was beetroot in there.  






21 comments:

  1. I love beetroot relish - and dip. Curious about the chocolate muffin tho!

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    1. The beetroot taste doesn't come through. Just adds to the moistness (I wasn't going to use that word), of the muffin. There is a slight tinge of colour, but not really noticable with the amount of cocoa. Good recipe though.

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  2. The relish must be tasty. I am right into making pickles and jams etc. Beetroot for me is a difficult thing to cook with, very hit and miss.

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    1. I love the relish. It has balsamic vinegar in it, which adds a richness. Great with a burger.

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  3. I love Beetroot too! It's not a proper hamburger without Beetroot. My daughter insists on eating grated Beetroot before she races in athletics as it has proven benefits for middle distance and long distance runners.

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    1. I didn't know that. The relish is made with grated beetroot. I had to go buy gloves especially for the job!

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  4. Thanks for the muffin recipe. I'm going to be trying that one. My man does not eat beetroot, so maybe I can get away with some disguised in muffins. Worth a try.

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  5. Those beetroot and chocolate muffins look amazing! I've only just discovered your Linky via Denyse Whelan's blog, I'm adding it to my list. Yay!

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    1. Di, thanks for my part played in getting you over to Alicia's blog! She's got some great creative posts too! Denyse x

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    2. Welcome Di. Thanks Denyse, you're such a gem.

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  6. CONGRATULATIONS 200 blog posts for Open Slather!! Thanks for your linky I am very grateful we have 'met' this way too! As for the cupcakes, more for you I say!! I love beetroot in my burgers and, here's one I recall from my mum...she'd have beetroot and tasty cheese on toast. Tinned beetroot that is. Your mum sounds like me as a cook..I still make 'family' size everything even though it's mostly just for me as my hub has a restricted diet. Denyse x

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    1. I am sure my mum lives for the times we all come home for dinner. She ALWAYS cooks up a feast. I found it hard to adjust when my son moved out, I was always making too much. Now I make it and the buggers won't eat it!
      I don't know how 200 link up happened! Just plodding along doing my own thing....way cool :)

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  7. When I did my health kick recently I used beets a lot, my mum used to preserve them!

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    1. With the weather warming up, we will be into the beets with more salads. Izzy won't touch them but the rest of us will eat them. Usually I buy tinned, but if i can master them in the garden I may be preserving them for the fridge. They won't go wasted, that's for sure.

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  8. 200 link ups! Well done! I'm not a huge fan of beetroot, although I do remember polishing the tin off at family BBQs as a kid.

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    1. Ha, my hubby did that once as a kid. Got rushed to the doctors for red pee lol!

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  9. Woohoo, happy 200th! That's amazing. :) I love beetroot.... beetroot dip, beetroot in a hamburger, beetroot cooked whole. Beetroot chocolate cake is one of my all time favourites. :))

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    1. I don't mind a roasted beetroot amongst other roasted veggies either. It's the first time I've baked beetroot into cake. Was awesome.

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  10. Beetroot is an awesome food to ground self with. I too, have made the chocolate beetroot muffins and I couldn't fool my sons either!!! LOL! Wow! and you've written 200 Open Slather posts... what an achievement! Congratulations xxxs

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  11. The things you can hide in cake :) I have to say I am more of a pickled beetroot person than a roasted beetroot person. My Step Dad is the vege grower and beetroot is often found in the garden. Lucky you having a great source of well loved and fresh veg.

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  12. I love beetroot on and with anything. My family like it on burgers and that's about it. If I was to buy whole beetroot, I'd be eating it for weeks but I do love it. Can't wait for your relish recipe Alicia. Congrats on 200 parties!

    Anne xx

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