Riverford delvery as it's convenient, guides our menu planning and ensures that the Lovelygrey family eat a great deal of seasonal local produce. We're not great big fusspots so it's rare that we dislike anything enough for it to go to waste. But I have to say a few beetroot have made it into the bin. So to prevent this we're made a special effort to quickly find recipes to use them up in a way that hides the earthy flavour that Louis and I aren't too keen on.
So bless those TV chefs who've come up with these beauties. First up, this Beetroot, Apple and Horseradish Soup from those darlings of the motorcycle world, 'The Hairy Bikers'. Have I mentioned that before that I've got an irrational crush on the big one Si in spite of all his wobbliness? Anyway, back to business, this soup is flavoursome, tastes likes its doing you good and the sort of colour that would make you rush to look and see how many E-numbers it contained if bought in a shop.
Goats Cheese and Beetroot Salad with Toasted Hemp and Poppy Seeds is another recipe that passes muster. This one's from Nigel Slater and although the beetroot isn't concealed in any way, I go beyond tolerating its presence in the dish, probably because the mixture of ingredients works well together. Jamie Oliver's Roasted Beetroot is even less adulterated and is good. Hang on! Perhaps I do like beetroot after all and it's only the stuff in vinegar that graced childhood salads that I'm sniffy about.