Thursday, June 25, 2009

I made borscht today!

I know, I've been talking about trying out Meesha's recipe for a long time. I waited in hopes that my cabbage would be ready and some of my sweet peppers would have turned red. Unfortunately, if I had done that, the beets would be long past their prime. So, I paid $2.50 for a red sweet pepper and I bought a head of cabbage. I also bought a big jug of V8 vegetable juice because I couldn't find a smaller amount. It's OK, I'll drink what's left.

I went to the garden for four beets, and took my shovel along so I could dig potatoes for the borscht. Potatoes are so rewarding to grow, because you get a huge yield from such a small planting.

I got all these from one single vine, and they're still growing, of course. I put the coffee cup there so you could see the size of them. I used the four largest ones in the borscht.

I didn't find the recipe to be hard to assemble, and I didn't worry too much about amounts. It's soup, after all; soup can be very forgiving.

This is the finished product. I have to tell you that, upon tasting it in the kettle, it was bland and rather disappointing.

In the bowl, however, with that dollop of sour cream stirred in?

It's to die for. The sour cream absolutely MAKES it!

Make that a big dollop. I'm going for my second bowl. And then I have quite a mess to clean up in the kitchen.

8 comments:

FrankandMary said...

The pepper was worth it. I cook red & yellow peppers all the time, delicious. I eat them just like that. My Mom LOVED beets but because she was a diabetic they told her not to eat them for the sugar content. But they said potatoes were FINE. Go figure.

I agree about the sour cream making it.

m.v. said...

DO NOT eat all of it, it will be much better after a night or two in the fridge, the potatoes will be red all the way through and it will taste better altogether when not very hot.We also like to eat a clove of garlic with it or if you can't handle biting the garlic, just rub some on the bread crust. I am glad you liked it.

Lindie said...

I made chicken vegetable soup the other day and everyone said I was crazy! It didn't make me hot though and was a nice light meal.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

I've never made or eaten borscht, but I'm game to try it if I ever get the opportunity.

I do know that the beets stain almost anything though, as I'm sure you know already.

lyapustin said...

You should not eat borscht without spoon of sour cream. That's just not right. You have to repeat experiment!

Regards.

Amy said...

leftover V8 = gazpacho! Call me when it's ready!

MoxieMamaKC said...

Wow! That looks delicious! I'm having borscht envy....mmmmm

Lisa said...

That borscht looks delicious! I am so silly; I didn't know borscht was a soup. I did not know potatoes yield so much either. See, I learned a lot over here today!!! : )
Hugs,
Lisa in Kentucky