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Pickled Beets

16 May
Beets, in a pickle.

Beets, in a pickle.

Pickled beets for breakfast.  Why yes, I am a Russian.

Pickled beets for breakfast. Why yes, I am a Russian.

After I made pickled beets, I realized how versatile they are.  How did I ever live without them??

Breakfast: Pickled beets on cream cheese on Russian toast with green onions.

Lunch: Pickled beets in just about any sandwich.  Roast beef, falafel, or some garlicky hummus.

Dinner: Pickled beets with roasted chicken and couscous.

Drinks: Pickled beets are the world’s most perfect chaser for vodka.  And I’m thinking there’s probably a bloody martini in my future, with pickled beet juice and vodka.  There should be a better name for it, though….Blood Transfusion?

Pickled Beets:

1lb red beets

1/2 of a large red onion

1 cup red wine vinegar

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

3 teaspoons salt

4 bay leaves

1 tsp oregano or tarragon….or whatever dried or fresh herbs you have on hand.

If your beets are huge, cut them down to approximately golf-ball sized chunks.  Leave the skin on.  Boil them for about 30 minutes, until fork tender.  Drain, wait until they’re cool enough to handle, and rub off the skins.

While you’re waiting for the beets to cook, heat up the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, bay leaves, and other herbs in a pan until the salt and sugar are dissolved.  Let it cool a bit.

When your beets are done, slice them into thin, translucent pieces.  Thinly slice your red onion.  Layer the beets and the red onion in a jar or container with a lid.  Fill the rest of the jar with that liquid you just made that makes your kitchen smell like vinegar.  Take a knife and poke it down the sides of the jar to poke out any air bubbles.

Sooooo that’s it.  Put on the lid, throw the container in the fridge for a few days.  I didn’t want mine to be super-salty/sour so I just pickled them for about 2 days.  Breakfast was RAD!

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Apple Ginger Galette

9 Apr

I’m not big on baking.  I’m also not big on taking something healthy, like apples, and encrusting it in white flour and butter.  But sometimes I like to flirt with the dark side, and this apple galette is aaaaall dark side.

Anyway, I just had way too many apples accumulating in my crisper over the weeks.  The recipe is straight from Smitten Kitchen, and her recipe is derivative from Alice Waters, who is my hero. See the recipe here.

Start with awesome local apples.  I used Empire and Mutsu.  I think.

The Apples of Evil...mwahahahaaa

The Apples of Evil...mwahahahaaa

Peel them, core them, slice them into chunks like this:

Presto, change-o.

Presto, change-o.

Make the galette dough, which is just flour, butter, and like 3 tablespoons of water.  Let the dough sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes, then take it out and roll it.

For the filling, it’s just sliced apples, like an inch of grated ginger, sugar and melted butter.

Oh, guess what.  I don't have a rolling pin, so I had to roll the dough using a tomato can.  Hilariousness ensued.

Oh, guess what. I don't have a rolling pin, so I had to roll the dough using a tomato can. Hilariousness ensued.

I like how rustic and un-precious this format is.

I like how rustic and un-precious this format is.

Fold up all the uneven sides.  Brush some melted butter over the top.  Sprinkle the whole thing with sugar.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 45ish minutes.  There’s also a glaze you can make using the apple cores and peels, but it didn’t work for me.  Too soupy.  Maybe I got the proportions wrong.

NOM

NOM

Moments later…

I can't believe there were leftovers.  I mean, it was just the two of us.  But really!  We COULD have decimated that thing.

I can't believe there were leftovers. I mean, it was just the two of us. But really! We COULD have decimated that thing.