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Nothing Says Springtime like... Borscht?

April 5th, 2007 at 12:54 am

Mr. Bean is out of town again. While he's away, I try to cook foods that I enjoy but he doesn't (or as I like to think-- foods for which he lacks the culinary sophistication to enjoy ;-)

Tonight I made Vegetarian Borscht.

I decided to make borscht when I spotted fresh beets at the grocery store earlier today (something the store doesn't always carry). There was also a huge display of canned beets. Does anyone know if beets part of the Passover tradition- or was the onslaught of beets just a coincidence? I am from a Ukrainian heritage, so I grew up eating a lot of beets, but as far as I know beets aren't part of a traditional American Easter.

Despite the tower of canned beets, I went with the fresh. I've never tried canned beets, but I was tempted this afternoon since peeling and cutting fresh beets is such a messy task. I'll use the beet greens for another recipe (maybe a lasagna?) I also found a use for those pesky pink skins:

While my soup was cooking, I boiled the skins a mixture of water and vinegar and then tossed in a few eggs. Viola! Natural pink dye for Easter eggs!

6 Responses to “Nothing Says Springtime like... Borscht?”

  1. contrary1 Says:

    Love the pink eggs! I've always wanted to do the natural dying, but have been stuck with kids who thought the little tablets of dye were the ONLY way to go.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    My family loves borscht!

    The other day I experimented with blueberries and eggshells. Yep. It works. Gives you an alternative to beets.

  3. dtjunkie Says:

    Very Cute!! and I love how it's natural too. You think i'd get the same effect using the whole beet and not just the skins? I down with chopping up a beet, just not peeling it.

  4. threebeansalad Says:

    A whole beet would probably work even better!

  5. tinapbeana Says:

    perhaps the canned beets would work well for dying, especially if they're less expensive now. natural dye works for most paper and natural fiber cloth, too... try spraying onto non-clossy notecards with a spray bottle!

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    Broccoli water makes a lovely light green and orange or lemon peels make a nice yellow.

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