Monday, August 23, 2010

BEST VEG EVER!!!!


Niamh has delivered a fantastic range of organic veggies to me all through the summer, every week there has been a new discovery....  What a variety of tomatoes there are and how different they can taste.  What a pleasure it is to cook with kale.  But the discovery that has delighted me most is without doubt .... the greens from beetroot.  Up until the box scheme, I had bought my beetroot at the supermarket, where it comes leafless (probably because the leaves wilt very quickly and it wouldn't have a very long shelf life) - but these leaves are DELICIOUS.

My favourite way to prepare them is to saute them.  I heat olive oil and a small knob of butter in my wok, add some fresh garlic and fry for a few moments then I add the stalks and saute them for about three minutes and then add the leaves and just toss them in the pan until they have wilted.  Vegetable perfection!!!!



I have also added the younger, more tender leaves to salad which was gorgeous, but really you should get your hands on some and just give them a toss in your pan and enjoy!!

8 comments:

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

so lucky you have veg box delivery ... although I must say my homegrown beetroot was excellent and I do trim the young leaves and use them in salads... always have and I love them.... REALLY feel like setting up a fake ID so I can be your 100th follower!!!!!!

Sommer J said...

I am so going to figure out how to get a veg box delivered to me!! I know someone in Bavaria who does this, I just don't know the language enough to figure it out :( I definitely would love to try beetroot leaves!

Brownieville Girl said...

LOL Dom - you're gas (as we say around here!!)

Sommer, what about giving English lessons to a local teenager in exchange for some translation work??

Patrice said...

I usually roast the beetroot bulb. I take the greens and rinse them, then drain. When the beets are cooked, I let them cool enough to peel and chop. Then I wilt the greens in olive oil with garlic. It only takes a minute. Once wilted, I throw the chopped beet in and add some balsamic vinegar. Lovely!

Lucie said...

Looks wonderful! I didn't even know you could eat beetroot leaves, so I have learnt something new :)

Kim said...

I love greens and this sounds wonderful to me!! I don't think I've ever had beetgreens though. I'm definitely going to look for them at the farmer's market. Thanks for sharing:)

So glad to hear that you liked the banana smoothie:) I'm still craving it too!!

Sally said...

Hi, I've been toying with the idea of an organic veg box for ages now, love the idea of a varied fresh delivery every week, you've convinced me!!

Chef Dennis said...

I am certainly going to be sad to see our farmers market close....fresh veggies are such a great thing....I love greens and need to get my girls use to eating them more!