When I picked up my Week 9 CSA basket from Roots and Shoots Farm I did not expect that my golden beets would turn into pickles.
We have had golden beets before this season. For this half share member, repeats hardly ever happen because of careful planning by owner, Robin Turner. He makes a point of managing the variety from basket to basket.
I was delighted for the second go-around (and said as much to Robin) because I love roasted beets - particularly in a salad. And they might as well be golden because they sure look good on the plate.
Because they cellar so well, beets are one of the last items used up in our share. First to hit the kitchen counter here is the more delicate produce.
For almost two weeks I had it in my head that I would eventually roast my beets. It didn't happen. Maybe because of the big heat this past week. Instead, the beets were pickled.
Although my bunch only gave me two 500 ml jars of pickled beets, I found my Rødbeder groove.
Rødbeder is a Danish recipe for pickled beets. It's practically a national dish. My mother used to make rødbeder all the time. Sometimes just a few jars and sometimes it was a preserving bonanza.
I happily channeled my mother to make these gorgeous beets.
The entire basket was beautiful. Check it out for yourself. I have also included pictures of some of the dishes we made with our produce. You can see why it's been a challenge to eat out this summer. The fridge is constantly full.
|Adirondack Reds - Surprise! They have pink flesh!!|
|Beans - Green, purple and dragon tongue|
THE PARADE OF FOOD DISHES
|Wedge Salad I used the Iceberg Lettuce. If you need a blue cheese dressing for the Wedge, I blogged about it here.|
|Heirloom Tomato Salad. I used one of my tomatoes from my CSA share, tomatoes from my garden and some tomatoes from the Ottawa Farmers' Market. I like this salad because the Parmesan crisps add a bit of crunch. (They are easy to make!)|
|Bruschetta. I was able to use more of my tomatoes, onion and garlic. I added basil from my garden and broiled a bit of Parmesan on top.|
|Greek Salad! I used a lot of my tomatoes, a cucumber, and some of the green peppers. Also in there is olives, red onion and feta cheese from Milkhouse Farm and Dairy. Check out Milkhouse on social media. I dare you to not fall in love with their sheep.|
|Judy Dempsey's Shakshuka recipe featured in the Ottawa Citizen. I used onion, kale, green pepper, garlic from my basket.|
|The darling son took most of the carrots with him to Algonquin Park for his canoe trip. His paddle buddy took a great shot of their carrot sticks on the scene.|
|Agurkesalat is another Danish recipe I make often. It is a quick pickle recipe for cucumbers.|
|I often use my agurkesalat on my open-faced sandwiches. It goes well with pork and beef. And in this case, lamb sausage from Milkhouse Farm and Dairy!|
|Zucchini Fritters. We used all our zucchinis for this party snack. The usual suspects of flour, egg, salt and pepper. Plus green onions. Next time I'm going to add red pepper for colour. This dish has me wanting a Spiralizer.|