seeing red

August 05, 2013



the result

Big Rainbow, bottom, with Green Zebra, top and Brandywine, upper right.

This time of year I love to cook; so much produce in the garden and in our local farmer's markets.  Saturday was a big cooking day and everything I cooked, in fact everything I did seemed to revolve around the color red in some way.  Everything came from our garden except the strawberries and potatoes.  I made a strawberry tart to take to a friend's house for dinner that night.  I had a private little heirloom tomato tasting for lunch and picked zinnias and dahlias for the table.  I made 6 quarts of tomato sauce and 4 quarts of purpley red roasted beet soup, all nicely tucked away into the freezer.  Makes me feel rich when I cook for the freezer.  I followed no recipe for the beet soup but it's easy.  Roast the beets and cool, and par boil the potatoes and carrots and cool, they are all easier to peel and grate that way.  Next, 1 chopped onion sauteed in 2 T. butter till soft, add hot beef stock and grated root vegetables plus 2 cans small white beans.  A Tbsp. or two of wine vinegar, salt and pepper and this soup rivals anything for flavor and beauty.  It's the queen of beautiful soups.  We had mother over for dinner on Sunday night and had beet soup and grilled sausages from our local German deli and pickles and mustard.  I like my beet soup with lots of yogurt and fresh dill, a bit in every bite. Then at the end of my cooking frenzy I sat down to knit and my project was BRIGHT with fluffy Angora Haze.

Here are the links!

Do a Google search for Beet Soup recipes,
there were so many good ones, some with ginger, others with cucumber.
Images of gorgeous heirloom tomatoes.
Knitting Lovely Rita from the Rowan Angora Haze book by Martin Storey.
Angora Haze yarn at Jimmy Beans.

Coming up on this blog I have a lovely garden wedding and
a fabulous party post about the best dinner party ever
with beautiful pictures and tons of recipes.
Next up I have FIVE sweaters that need to photographed, 
5 finished sweaters with no photos.
So sad.
My photographer and I will get cracking on that.
There's something to be said about it being faster to knit a sweater than to photograph it.

Have a lovely week!

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  1. Such beautiful pictures! And five finished sweaters?!?! Wow!

  2. I was privileged to be the recipient of your wonderful beet soup. We had it last night with a dollop of sour cream. I have never had borscht with beans before. It was delicious.

    The strawberry tart looks delicious. Can't wait to try it.


  3. What a yummy post!!!!
    You always amaze me with the beauty in everything that you do! Look forward to seeing your new FOs!

  4. Red is my favorite color and that is my favorite shade of pink. So this will be one of the most memorable of your posts for me! Chloe

  5. makes me very hungry!!!!! so energizing!!!

  6. Love your colorful photographs!

  7. I have Angora Haze on order, my local store does not carry Rowan. It looks beautiful in bright pink. I am also going to make a cardigan but not one from the book.


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