June 30, 2007


Once again I am amazed at the fact that I can grow real food from seeds! Check out these beets!
I celebrated the accomplishment by making a sandwich conceived at a cafe near my house:

Whole grain bread
Goat Cheese
Steamed Beets
Arugula with a little bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.

They call it "The goat in the garden."

The cafe uses pretty bland arugula (no spice!) nor does it have the tell-tale signs of being homegrown in the form of tiny holes from flea beetles. The beets I grew were sweeter too. It's actually a great cafe but, there's just no comparison. I plan to keep the house stocked with good bread and goat cheese until I've harvested all the beets.



Gina said...

I'm not a beet fan but that looks delish! Nice work!

Jenifer said...

I LOVE beets! Look how healthy yours are... and your sandwich looks amazing. I'm going to try that sometime.

In case you are looking for other ideas for your harvest, I've attached the following roasting recipe below. When I'm craving beets, this is how I make them:

Lemon Garlic Roasted Beets
1 pound beets, peeled and sliced 1/4" thick
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
S&P to taste

Preheat oven to 375 F.

In an 8" square baking dish toss all ingredients together.

Cover tightly with foil and roast for 40 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.

Connie said...

Nice looking beets! I make a salad with steamed sliced beets (marinated in balsamic vinegar, olive oil & garlic) over salad greens & arugula, topped with feta or goat cheese, red onion slices, and pine nuts or slivered almonds. Yum!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I love beets--and I'm almost drooling over yours. I think I'll have to plant some myself this week!

Don't forget about the beet greens. Sauteed in olive oil with a little bit of garlic, cracked black pepper and sea salt... YUM.

lulu said...

Beautiful beets. I am now regretting my decision to skip the beets in my community garden. Your beet sandwich convinced me to give them a try next year.

Christa said...

I am so jealous of your great looking beets! Mine just never took off this year. I think I sowed the seeds too late.

That sandwich looks amazing. I'm hungry!

Rosengeranium said...

That's a beautiful sandwich! If ever my crops were that photogenique...

Christina said...

Hi Susan, that's real beautiful garden you've got going, the beets look delicious.

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Anonymous said...

Oh, those look wonderful! And I'm super impressed that you nurtured those beautiful beets from mere seeds. I agree with jenifer -- roasting is my favorite method for beets.