In lieu of an update on progress on the book, which should be done by tomorrow, I think (if saying so didn’t just jinx it), and due to my having found a large bag of beets in my fridge and needing to deal with them before they go wibbly, thewildforest blog is pleased to present a beet soup recipe I seem to have come up with some time ago. As you can see, left to my own devices I resort to the Nanny Ogg school of ingredient measurement, the “some”. All the below should read as “some”; even the number of beets would be better represented by “some beets” than half a dozen. Please note, much to my mother’s dismay I also adhere to the school of cookery that believes a good soup is one in which a spoon can stand upright. You may want to add some more water. Or some fewer beets. Or something.
This is my own aide-memoire written after the first time I made it (or possibly I typed it out to send to a sister, can’t remember). Anyway, that’s my excuse for the sophisticated terminology.
Very Tasty Beet Soup
six cooked beets
cumin, coriander, ginger (generous amounts; real ginger would be good)
pinch of sugar
Sautee onion in oil with spices. Add lemon juice and scrape around to get all the brown stuff.
Put three beets in blender, add one cup of water and cooked onions; blend. Dump back in pot. Do second three beets with a second cup of water and enough miso for two cups of stock (two smallish spoonfuls), blend and return to pot. Stir up, add a tiny bit of sugar and heat, stirring. Add pepper and a dash of olive oil.