Sunday, December 04, 2011

Eat Mostly Plants

You know about adding some beets to your salad plate. This was a plate of beets with some salad added!
So damn good.
Are beets in season? I honestly don't know the lifecycle of this glorious orb. But I can tell you how to cook them. Bonk them, unpeeled, into a small covered casserole dish with a tiny puddle of water, and roast for an hour. Take them out and plunge into a bowl of cold water (in the sink), where you can easily massage the skins off.
Cranky decorated this salad with blue cheese, a little too much for me.
But let me tell you about cheese. The Crankycrumbs are considering an experimental vegan diet, for a week. Probably after the holidays. Laugh, monsters, but a lot of the food we eat is vegan already.
I'll tell you about it next month.

14 comments:

cookiecrumb said...

I WANTED TO MAKE FUN OF HERMAN CAIN, BUT NOW I DON'T HAVE TO.

Kailyn said...

I tried to give beets another chance when I went to Commis for my birthday. I could see how the beet puree worked well with the other flavors on the plate. But I still didn't like the taste. My mother tells me that beets were the only thing that I consistently spit out as an infant. Maybe I have a thing about beets like other people do about cilantro. They are the one taste that I did not like as a child that I still don't like as an adult.

And vegan? Poulet does this wonderful salad of roasted beets with oranges. To me it looks pretty. To others it tastes wonderful.

Herman Cain? Walking joke. One friend is bummed because Cain guaranteed entertainment. Me? People calling him Herb just confused me. Herb Cain? Herb Caen?

cookiecrumb said...

Kailyn: Oh, I know that about you and beets. Pretty deep dislike; don't eat em! I bet they taste like dirt to you.
You know where that Herb Caen weirdness came from?Sarah Palin.

namastenancy said...

Beets should be roasted - as should be Herman and Sarah.

Ms Brown Mouse said...

We do something similar, only with marinated fetta because, you know blue cheese smells like dead feet :)

Zoomie said...

Bravo for going vegan - that will be interesting to read about! I tried vegetarianism long ago and it was fine but toward the end of Lent, I was simply _longing_ for a pork chop. :-)

Zoomie said...

Oh, and I wonder what clown the Republicans will come up with next, in a vain attempt to avoid Mitt. And did you see Mitt's interview, one on one with some lightweight? He was sweating and defensive - not Presidential material! Reminded me of Ms. Palin in drag.

Hungry Dog said...

Beets are in season, Cookie. I know because I get some in my bi-weekly produce box, don't use them, and therefore have about 20 beets (no joke) in my fridge. I should make this salad. With the cheese. I like beets! But they always seem like a hassle.

Vegan, huh. Good for you! I couldn't do it but I admire those who can!

Greg said...

Beets and cheese love em! Vegan for me? Hard to do with out butter and cheese. We flirt with vegetarian but it hasn't stuck yet.

cookiecrumb said...

Nancy: Ha ha!

Mouse: You are correct about the cheese. Or sometimes goat cheese.

Zoomie: I don't think ive ever gone deliberately vegetarian, but we eat so little meat, it should be a cinch to cut out eggs and dairy. I will miss them. This is just an experiment.
I guess Mitt's finished. Hello, Newt.

Doggie: Thanks for the agricultural clarification. Do you get beet greens with your beets? They are fabulous swirled in a skillet with butter and a couple drops of water. Go!

Greg: I actually have a couple of fakes in mind for when you want cheese or butter. Not identical, but mouth-happy.

Little Pots & Pans Co. said...

Definitely a fan of the beets, and salad is a great way to consume them. Pickled on sandwiches. Borscht is great too, and it can be easily vegan. I've had beet cocktails before too (vodka based), but I digress b/c it's repeal day :-)

cookiecrumb said...

Little Pots: I'll allow it. :)
BTW, I'm not a big fan of veganism, but I thought it would be interesting to try. No oatmeal.

Zoomie said...

You can have oatmeal and still be vegan - just make it with water. That's what My Beloved does, and he likes it.

Newt does seem to be the next clown. I keep wondering why they all ignore Huntsman, who seems to be the only candidate with serious experience...

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: They ignore Huntsman because he's too sane, and a RINO (republican in name only).