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The Beetroot Harvest

February 24, 2012

Jess has finally harvested her beetroot crop and it is pretty impressive  – although some of the beetroot are a little on the small side. She brought most of the crop round so that we could do something with it together, but I suspect she was really just keen to see what I would do with another surfeit of challenging-to-use vegetables. Jess likes to grow things like beetroot (the leaves and stems are really pretty) but isn’t awfully keen on eating them.

The beloved loves beetroot. In fact the beloved loves all vegetables – we were trying to think of a vegetable he doesn’t like and the only thing we could come up with was celery if it’s cooked, but even then he’d eat it as long as it was mixed with other things.

So while Jess and I washed and chopped the stems off the beetroot (not all of them) and threw them into a pan of water to boil (you have to be careful not to cut the beetroot or all the colour will come out, and you don’t peel them until they’re cooked for the same reason) the beloved set about cooking himself a bit of lunch.

There was some mashed swede, parsnip and sweet potato in the fridge calling him, and there were plenty of eggs, so he fried up the mash and then made a dent in the middle  ready to receive an egg. By the time he’d done this, the beetroot were cooked, so a small, peeled, cooked and still warm beetroot was chopped added to the mix. Nice colour contrast. He pronounced it deliciously tender and his meal was a success. The photo doesn’t really do it justice – it was taken in a hurry (“Quickly take the photo or my lunch will be cold!”).

On a sad note, Arlo’s hamster Ellie died today. Rest in peace Ellie.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2012 12:08 pm

    so this is how you choose to tell me that the hamster died? :p you’re lucky I don’t get very sentimental about pets!

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