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    beetsoup7
    We had a scattering of beets that survived a round of seed planting back in January. They were part of the bad carrot planting we had, rains too heavy and washing away the seeds. But a few stuck and it was finally time to pull them up and replace them with peppers. When we were pulling them I was reminded of this recipe from a new-to-me blog that I bookmarked over a month ago. I dug it up in my feed reader, looked it over and decided it was doable.

    As you see above, all of that came from our garden. The only thing that did not come from the garden was the garlic (not ready yet), tarragon and bay leaves (don’t grow them), coconut and olive oils (need a plantation for those), and salt and pepper (don’t own a salt flat and don’t grow the black pepper plant either). So, all in all, I was doing pretty good.

    beetsoup6

    beetsoup5
    We pulled one leek and one onion early…and I added a few things into my soup that weren’t in the recipe linked above. I added garlic chives, dill and the onion—she only called for a leek. After pulling the one leek, I will definitely be growing a lot more of them in the future. Oh, and the carrots, she didn’t call for carrots but I needed to thin mine out.

    beetsoup4
    I roasted the carrots and beets for an hour at the suggested temperature. The skin peeled right off the beets!

    beetsoup3
    Sautéed up the garlic and onion mixture…

    beetsoup2
    Then put the beets in with about four cups of water, letting it boil for a few minutes and then simmering for about 10. Afterwards I put it in increments into my food processor to blend it….

    beetsoup1
    And then it was done! Tastes pretty darn good! It has an earthy flavor too, very ‘dirty’…it just smells of the garden! I will definitely make this again next year when it is beet season once again!

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    6 Comments

    1. chel says:

      Interesting- beets always LOOK gross to me (too many salad bars as a kid- beets look scary to kids!) but I have never tasted one. I heard that Cheesecake Factory puts them in their amazing veggie burgers to get them moist, though, so I am kind of intrigued…

    2. Misti says:

      This year is the first time I’ve had beets in my life! They were always intimidating and I do enjoy them. I’m trying to find many ways to make them. But they are just good roasted, mashed and seasoned.

    3. Mom says:

      hummmmm I would like to taste that, but not sure if it is something I really would like. I have never tried leaks and all I have have is pickled beets from Grannys,(yucka)

    4. Allison says:

      Yeah, I still can’t get over the taste of beet. However, I’m very jealous of your radishes. I just planted mine…

    5. Ngofamilyfarm says:

      Sounds great! And it’s beautiful, too! :)
      -Jaime

    6. Sprout - One Harvest Season to Another says:

      [...] Slowly we are switching over from cool weather harvests and gearing up for warm weather harvests. We still have some carrots in the ground but two weeks ago we harvested some carrots, beets and other things to make beet soup. [...]

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